Katherine Herrity

Kate HerrityBiography

Katherine worked as a bar manager and licensee, then worked in teaching and research support at LSE library for nine years before being awarded a BSc in Sociology and Criminology from Royal Holloway. She conducted empirical research on music in prisons for her dissertation, which remains a major interest, and went on to Oxford where she was awarded an MSc in Criminology and Criminal justice (research methods).

PhD research

I’m in my final year of a full time research programme under the supervision of Dr Wendy Fitzgibbon and Dr Sam King. The focus of my research is accounting for the significance of sound to the experience of prison spaces for those who live and work within them. I also have a keen interest in research methods. I have used aural ethnography to explore this neglected aspect of prison life and am using this as a basis for theorizing about the meaning and function of noise in prison. In what circumstances is sound defined as noise, and by whom? Why and when does this matter?

Selected Publications

Herrity, K. (2018) "Music and identity in prison: Music as a technology of the self" Prison Service Journal (September 2018, No. 239) https://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/publications/psj/prison-service-journal-239

Herrity, K., Bland, S., Lubkowski, R., Novis, P. (2018) "Unlocking talent at HMP Leicester" Prison Service Journal (September 2018, No. 239) https://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/publications/psj/prison-service-journal-239

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