Doing qualitative research in a controlled site: Challenges, lessons and strategies

Baffour, F.D., Francis, Abraham, Chong, Mark David, and Harris, Nonie (2022) Doing qualitative research in a controlled site: Challenges, lessons and strategies. Crime & Delinquency. (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper reflects on the process of undertaking qualitative research with incarcerated individuals and prison staff in selected Ghana prisons. The challenges encountered during the planning, approval, and fieldwork stages, as well as measures adopted to address these challenges, have been discussed. The paper aims to serve as a guide to novel prison researchers in the sub-Saharan African context, given that the majority of studies on challenges and approaches to conducting prison research have come from jurisdictions outside the region. To this end, given the unique nature of the prison governance system in Ghana and other sub-Saharan African countries, this paper contributes to filling a knowledge gap in qualitative prison research.

Item ID: 72456
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0011-1287
Keywords: qualitative, prisons, Ghana
Date Deposited: 24 May 2022 23:18
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440202 Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440702 Crime policy @ 30%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440903 Social program evaluation @ 30%
SEO Codes: 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2304 Justice and the law > 230403 Criminal justice @ 50%
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2304 Justice and the law > 230408 Rehabilitation and correctional services @ 50%
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