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Entering the Maze: Space, time and exclusion in an abandoned Northern Ireland prison

Entering the Maze: Space, time and exclusion in an abandoned Northern Ireland prison

Kindynis, Theo and Garrett, Bradley L. (2015) Entering the Maze: Space, time and exclusion in an abandoned Northern Ireland prison. Crime, Media, Culture, 11 (1). pp. 5-20. ISSN 1741-6590 (Print), 1741-6604 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1741659014566119)

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Abstract

This article is an autoethnographic account of the authors’ trespassing in the abandoned Maze Prison in Northern Ireland. For three decades before its closure in 2000, the Maze was the site of intense political struggle. The ruins of the Maze – a space once built to let no one out that now allows no one in – exist now in a state of limbo, between the conflicting narratives of the prison’s troubled past, and an uncertain future. We present a brief historical account of the Maze, and explain our unconventional choice of ‘research method’, before introducing Foucault’s notion of the heterotopia. We suggest that the Maze is an archetypally heterotopic space and our experience of exploring the prison can equally be described as such.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Acknowledgement (funding): This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban exploration, HMP maze, heterotopia, autoethnography, cultural criminology, visual criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13321

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