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Narrative Criminology


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Foreword: Narrative Criminology as the New Mainstream vii Shadd Maruna Introduction: What Is the Story? 1 Lois Presser and Sveinung Sandberg Part I. Stories Construct Proper Selves 1. The Rapist and the Proper Criminal: The Exclusion of Immoral Others as Narrative Work on the Self 23 Thomas Ugelvik 2. In Search of Respectability: Narrative Practice in a Women's Prison in Quito, Ecuador 42 Jennifer Fleetwood 3. Gendered Narratives of Self, Addiction, and Recovery among Women Methamphetamine Users 69 Jody Miller, Kristin Carbone-Lopez, and Mikh V. Gunderman 4. Moral Habilitation and the New Normal: Sexual Offender Narratives of Posttreatment Community Integration 96 Janice Victor and James B. Waldram Part II. Stories Animate and Mobilize 5. "The Race of Pale Men Should Increase and Multiply": Religious Narratives and Indian Removal 125 Robert M. Keeton

About the Author

Lois Presser is Professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee. She is the author of Why We Harm and Been a Heavy Life: Stories of Violent Men. Sveinung Sandberg is Professor in the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo. His work has appeared in journals such as Sociology, British Journal of Sociology, British Journal of Criminology, Theoretical Criminology, and Sociology of Health & Illness.


[The book] is positioned to draw on insights and methods from a vast field of inquiryand make the case for narrative as an important and putatively neglected perspectivefor understanding matters of crime and justice. In this volume, Lois Presser andSveinung Sandberg bring together a set of contributions designed to do just that. * Cultural Sociology *
This is an impressively global collection of case studies. Together these demonstrate the flexibility, ubiquity and enduring utility of the concept of narrative for criminology. It is shown to be both an analytic tool for scholars and a resource shaping action and belief in the lifeworld. By exploring and highlighting these two properties this book provides a valuable service to cultural criminology. -- Philip Smith,author of Punishment and Culture
Lois Presser and Sveinung Sandberg are onto something with this smart, beautifully organized collection of rich essays, each showing the importance of the & narrative turn not only to sociology and across disciplines, but to criminology. The collection shows how people involved with crime, and criminologists ourselves, use narrative all the time even though, until now, we may not have known why.This book is bound to be the & go to volume about the centrality of stories to the criminological enterprise. -- Lynn Chancer,author of High Profile Crimes: When Legal Cases Become Social Causes
This is a most interesting, rather eclectic collection of papers presented within an allegedly new category of & narrative criminology. Essentially, the editors maintain the importance of storytelling for a better understanding of & crime, and, of course, are quite right to do so. Summing Up: Highly recommended. * Choice *

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