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Co-authoring desistance narratives: Analysing interactions in groupwork for addressing sexual offending

  Research and theory suggest desistance narratives and pro-social identities are key to the process of desistance from crime. However, little research has examined how desistance narratives and related identities are produced in contexts other than research interviews or how core correctional skills intersect with the development of these narratives or identities. This study applies discourse analysis and conversation analysis to transcripts of 12 video-recordings of groupwork sessions for addressing sexual offending, examining how desistance narratives and identities are produced, and how practitioner skills and conversational styles intersect with their production. The analysis illustrates how criminal justice practitioners help to co-author desistance narratives through subtle and explicit aspects of interaction, although certain orientations to risk may limit this potential.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    24 July 2019

  • Publication Status:

    In Press

  • DOI:

    10.1177/1748895819863101

  • ISSN:

    1748-8958

  • Library of Congress:

    HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    364 Criminology

  • Funders:

    Economic and Social Research Council

Citation

Mullins, E., & Kirkwood, S. (in press). Co-authoring desistance narratives: Analysing interactions in groupwork for addressing sexual offending. Criminology and Criminal Justice, https://doi.org/10.1177/1748895819863101

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Keywords

Desistance, probation, narrative, conversation analysis

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