Reintegration, hospitality and hostility: song-writing and song-sharing in criminal justice

Alison Urie, Fergus McNeill, Lucy Cathcart Froden, Jo Collinson-Scott, Phil Crockett Thomas, Oliver Escobar, Sandy Macleod, Graeme McKerracher

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Distant Voices is an ongoing multidisciplinary collaborative action research project, drawing on criminology, community development, politics, practice-led research and songwriting to explore crime, punishment and reintegration through creative conversations that aim to challenge and unsettle understandings of and approaches to rehabilitation and reintegration. In this paper, we discuss some of the thinking behind the project and we reflect on our experiences to date as a community of enquiry. Specifically, we explore the extent to which certain practices of hospitality that we have experienced in processes of collaborative songwriting and song-sharing might mediate and resist the 'hostile environment' that faces people leaving prison in many contemporary societies. Drawing on our experience, we argue that hospitality is often disruptive; that creating and sustaining hospitable environments is extremely challenging, and that to do so requires careful thought and planning, including in relation to problems created by the power dynamics intrinsic to criminal justice. The paper includes links to and discussion of one song written in the project - 'An Open Door' - which engages with and illustrates these themes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-101
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Extreme Anthropology
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Aug 2019

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  • Punishment
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  • Hospitality
  • Hostile environments

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Urie, A., McNeill, F., Froden, L. C., Collinson-Scott, J., Crockett Thomas, P., Escobar, O., ... McKerracher, G. (2019). Reintegration, hospitality and hostility: song-writing and song-sharing in criminal justice. Journal of Extreme Anthropology, 3(1), 77-101. https://doi.org/10.5617/jea.6914
Urie, Alison ; McNeill, Fergus ; Froden, Lucy Cathcart ; Collinson-Scott, Jo ; Crockett Thomas, Phil ; Escobar, Oliver ; Macleod, Sandy ; McKerracher, Graeme. / Reintegration, hospitality and hostility : song-writing and song-sharing in criminal justice. In: Journal of Extreme Anthropology. 2019 ; Vol. 3, No. 1. pp. 77-101.
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Urie, A, McNeill, F, Froden, LC, Collinson-Scott, J, Crockett Thomas, P, Escobar, O, Macleod, S & McKerracher, G 2019, 'Reintegration, hospitality and hostility: song-writing and song-sharing in criminal justice', Journal of Extreme Anthropology, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 77-101. https://doi.org/10.5617/jea.6914

Reintegration, hospitality and hostility : song-writing and song-sharing in criminal justice. / Urie, Alison; McNeill, Fergus ; Froden, Lucy Cathcart; Collinson-Scott, Jo; Crockett Thomas, Phil; Escobar, Oliver ; Macleod, Sandy; McKerracher, Graeme.

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