Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research
(CIQR -- "seeker")*

Meeting Date:  October 28 (Thurs.), 2010, 4:30-6:00 PM, Berger Gallery, 207 College Hall, Duquesne University

Presenters:  Dr. Norman Conti and Dr. Linda Morrison
Bio:  Norman Conti, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy at Duquesne University. He has published ethnographies of recruitment, socialization, and ethics training in policing as well as an analysis of the social networks that develop within recruit cohorts. Currently, he is examining the emergence of trust and the role of humor in police academy training.
Linda Morrison, Ph.D., M.S.W., is a member of the Sociology Department at Duquesne University. Her research interests include the changing concept of stigma in mental health, recipient participation in policy process, social worlds of psychiatric disability, and challenges of cross-disability activism. Among her publications is the forthcoming "Grassroots advocacy movements in mental health" for the Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health, 2nd ed., and the book Talking Back to Psychiatry: the Consumer/Survivor/Ex-Patient Movement (New York: Routledge, 2005).
Title: "All the Wiser: Dialogic Space, Destigmatization and Teacher-Activist Recruitment"
Abstract This research examines the process of instructor training for Inside-Out, a program that brings "outside" students and teachers into prisons to join a cohort of incarcerated men and women who become "inside students" for a semester of coursework in criminal justice studies. Ethnographic data are analyzed to reveal a purposeful process of destigmatization in which the moral careers of the "inside" and "outside" participants are transformed. We argue that the meso-level structure of the program creates a liminal space in which teacher-recruits are led to "see, speak and behave" in ways that are diametrically opposed to conventional understandings of crime, criminals, and corrections, while the "inmates" are humanized and given authority and power. Additionally, this research illuminates the dialogic process of Bakhtin and further develops the cryptic status of "the wise" introduced by Goffman in 1963.

All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited.  Refreshments will be served.

For inquiries concerning CIQR, please contact the Center Coordinator, Fred Evans, Dept. of Philosophy,, 412-396-6507, or access the CIQR website, .

*The Center has been officially approved by the Dean of the College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, The Graduate Council of the College, and the Council of Deans for the University.  It is based in the College but open to members of all the schools of the University.  It includes interpretive and qualitative research in both the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences (including the practice of the latter in Nursing, Education, Occupational Therapy and other professional schools).