This is how it feels: activating lived experience in the penal voluntary sector
AffiliationUniversity of Chester; University of Nottingham; University of Toronto
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AbstractIncreasing calls for ‘nothing about us without us’ envision marginalised people as valuable and necessary contributors to policies and practices affecting them. In this paper, we examine what this type of inclusion feels like for criminalised people who share their lived experiences in penal voluntary sector organisations. Focus groups conducted in England and Scotland illustrated how this work was experienced as both safe, inclusionary and rewarding and exclusionary, shame-provoking and precarious. We highlight how these tensions of ‘user involvement’ impact criminalised individuals and compound wider inequalities within this sector. The individual, emotional and structural implications of activating lived experience therefore require careful consideration. We consider how the penal voluntary sector might more meaningfully and supportively engage criminalised individuals in service design and delivery. These considerations are significant for broader criminal justice and social service provision seeking to meaningfully involve those with lived experience.
CitationBuck, G., Tomczak, P., & Quinn, K. (2021 - forthcoming). This is how it feels: Activating lived experience in the penal voluntary sector. British Journal of Criminology.
PublisherOxford University Press
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
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