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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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Where to Now?

(p.287) Conclusion
Narrative Criminology

Lois Presser

Sveinung Sandberg

NYU Press

This concluding chapter argues that narrative criminology not only rationalizes past actions but also inspires future actions. Stories connote some meanings that provide the would-be actors a suggestion of what to do next, or lead them to an acceptable, legitimate path for the “sacred mission,” as seen in the case of early white Americans in Chapter 5, and the people who struggle against Italy’s tax agency in Chapter 10. Consequently, the stories’ meanings entice audiences and storytellers to live according to its plotline. Those enticements are affective as well as practical—the story captivates those engaged in it—hence the erotic connotation of being “led on” is apropos.

Keywords:   narrative criminology, past action, storytellers, white Americans, meaning, stories, future actions

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