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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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Narrative Criminology and Cultural Criminology

Narrative Criminology and Cultural Criminology

Shared Biographies, Different Lives?

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Narrative Criminology

Kester Aspden

Keith J. Hayward

NYU Press

This chapter asserts that narrative criminology is a disciplinary subvariant that looks at how offenders create a storied identity by constructing themselves through a series of stories that make sense of their world and their surroundings. Reflecting the wider narrative turn that took place in psychology, sociology, and social theory during the 1990s, narrative criminologists adopt a catholic position regarding the self-narrative, seeing it not only as a receptacle for both perfect and imperfect factual representations but also as an avenue for the imaginative rendering of the self. This position extends well beyond the immediate biographical detail to include chronicles, expositions, metaphors, dialogue, popular discourses, and arguments.

Keywords:   narrative criminology, storied identity, narrative criminologists, catholic position, biographical detail

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