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Narrative CriminologyUnderstanding Stories of Crime$
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Lois Presser and Sveinung Sandberg

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479876778

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479876778.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

What is the Story?

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(p.1) Introduction
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Narrative Criminology
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Lois Presser

Sveinung Sandberg

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479876778.003.0001

This introductory chapter defines narrative criminology and describes the role of narrative criminologists. Narrative criminology is any inquiry based on the view of stories as instigating, sustaining, or effecting desistance from harmful action. Narrative criminologists consider these narrative texts as foundational objects of inquiry for “a useful corrective to the reductive tendencies that other analyses, rooted in individual disciplines, can manifest.” They make ample use of offenders’ narratives as vehicles for data on the factors that promote criminal behavior. In particular, they study the role of metaphors, nodal points, symbolic boundary drawing, and floating signifiers to define excusable harm and blameworthy victim.

Keywords:   narrative criminology, narrative criminologists, inquiry, blameworthy victim, excusable harm

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