The Shifting Narratives of Violent Offenders

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Sole authored chapter based on analysis of empirical data collected during in-depth interviews with violent offenders. Presents detailed narrative analysis of three case studies. Findings contribute to theory (I propose a distinction between 'action' and 'reflection' narratives), and have implications for understanding past and future violent offending. The chapter also contributes to methodological developments within narrative criminology by proposing techniques that help to illuminate interdiscursivity (narrative shifts). The book as a whole is the first of its kind and is edited by two eminent scholars who have developed narrative criminology and is published by the prestigious New York University Press. As Shadd Maruna, in the Foreword to the text puts it "The movement toward narrative criminology is radical in its insights and implications. As a genuine departure from and viable alternative to mainstream criminology, the work showcased in this remarkable collection is likely to create serious waves in criminology that will be unruly and difficult to contain".
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNarrative Criminology
Subtitle of host publication Understanding Stories of Crime
EditorsLois Presser, Sveinung Sandberg
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNew York University Press
ISBN (Print)9781479823413
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Narrative criminology
  • violent offenders
  • homicide offenders
  • shifting narratives
  • storytelling in accounts of criminal activity
  • offender stories
  • interviews


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