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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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Moral Habilitation and the New Normal

Moral Habilitation and the New Normal

Sexual Offender Narratives of Posttreatment Community Integration

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(p.96) 4 Moral Habilitation and the New Normal
Source:
Narrative Criminology
Author(s):

Janice Victor

James B. Waldram

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479876778.003.0005

This chapter explores the narrative dilemmas confronting sexual offenders, particularly the rapists, whose disruptive life experiences are quite dramatic, self-induced, and universally reviled. Their old, normal, and unreflective way of living their lives within a familiar social context—prior to the commission of their sexual crimes—is replaced by a new normal, tension-riddled existential and intersubjective state of flux in which they seek a place in a community that reviles them. Many rapists respond to the external imposition of an essentialized label—the evil, amoral sexual offender—through a process of narrativization, which acknowledges rather than denies the sexual crimes that they have committed.

Keywords:   narrative dilemmas, social context, sexual offenders, narrativization, sexual crimes

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