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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|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
Current > Schools > School of Justice
|Institution:||Queensland University of Technology|
|Deposited On:||22 Aug 2013 01:37|
|Last Modified:||04 Sep 2015 02:31|
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