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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
Entering the Maze: space, time and exclusion in an abandoned Northern Ireland prison
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
1741-6590
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Kindynis, Theo
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Garrett, Bradley
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Kindynis, Theo
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Garrett, Bradley
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Kindynis, Theo and Garrett, Bradley (2015) Entering the Maze: space, time and exclusion in an abandoned Northern Ireland prison. Crime, Media, Culture, 1-16. (doi:10.1177/1741659014566119).

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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

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e-pub ahead of print date: 5 February 2015
Published date: 5 February 2015
Organisations: Geography & Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 374150
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/374150
ISSN: 1741-6590
PURE UUID: 65ff9f2f-4329-468e-adeb-2ff3197af910
ORCID for Bradley Garrett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0414-3175

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Date deposited: 06 Feb 2015 14:01
Last modified: 05 Jul 2018 00:29

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Author: Theo Kindynis
Author: Bradley Garrett ORCID iD

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