Criminal desistance : life opportunities and hermeneutic circles of self-definition

Robertson, Robert Lyle (2013) Criminal desistance : life opportunities and hermeneutic circles of self-definition. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


The emic perspective of criminal desistance (ex-offenders’ personal explanations of how they gave up crime) is largely ignored by criminology. This thesis attempts to address this absence of the storyteller’s perspective by inviting desisters to participate in the exploration and interpretation of their individual desistance journeys. Significant attention is drawn to the importance of philosophical self-enquiry to personal change. This detailed journey through the desistance stories of five ex-offenders has produced an emphatic re-statement of the need for the non-judgemental listener as the beginning point of cathartic healing in damaged lives.

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ID Code: 61986
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Hayes, Sharon & Bell, Peter
Keywords: criminal desistance, criminology, phenomenology, hermeneutics, constructivist-interpretivist, narrative, emic, etic, Heidegger, ontology
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 22 Aug 2013 01:37
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:48

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