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Narrative Criminology: Understanding Stories of Crime

Lois Presser and Sveinung Sandberg


Stories are much more than a means of communication, stories help us shape our identities, make sense of the world, and mobilize others to action. This book examines stories that animate offending. From an examination of how criminals understand certain types of crime to be less moral than others, to how violent offenders and drug users each come to understand or resist their identity as “criminals,” to how cultural narratives motivate genocidal action, the case studies in this book cover a wide array of crimes and justice systems throughout the world. The chapters scrutinize narrative structu ... More

Keywords: communication, criminals, crime, violent offenders, genocidal action, justice systems, narratives, criminal justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479876778
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479876778.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lois Presser, editor
University of Tennessee

Sveinung Sandberg, editor

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Lois Presser and Sveinung Sandberg

Part I Stories Construct Proper Selves

2 In Search of Respectability

Jennifer Fleetwood

3 Gendered Narratives of Self, Addiction, and Recovery among Women Methamphetamine Users

Jody Miller, Kristin Carbone-Lopez, and Mikh V. Gunderman

4 Moral Habilitation and the New Normal

Janice Victor and James B. Waldram

Part II Stories Animate and Mobilize

6 Meeting the Djinn

Sveinung Sandberg and Sébastien Tutenges

7 Telling Moments

Patricia E. O’Connor

Part III Storytelling, Creative and Reflexive

9 Narrative Criminology and Cultural Criminology

Kester Aspden and Keith J. Hayward


Lois Presser and Sveinung Sandberg