“It’s a Tug of War Between the Person I Used To Be and the Person I Want To Be” The Terror, Complexity, and Limits of Leaving Crime Behind

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620485
Title:
“It’s a Tug of War Between the Person I Used To Be and the Person I Want To Be” The Terror, Complexity, and Limits of Leaving Crime Behind
Authors:
Buck, Gillian
Abstract:
This article draws upon an ethnographic study of peer mentoring in the United Kingdom criminal justice system. It examines how people attempting to desist from criminal lifestyles often experience a period of crisis, characterized by unsettling practical and personal losses. Through interviews with peer mentors and mentees, and observations of mentoring practices, this study renders this sense of adversity visible. It also reveals the ways in which peer mentors may alleviate the weight of the crisis, by providing a blueprint of change, while appearing to be nonauthoritarian. These are important components given that mentees often feel untethered from known ways of being and describe their interactions with authority figures as embattled. An interesting secondary effect which emerges here is that peer mentors appear to shift the perceptions of external observers. This is a vital feature, given that sustained desistance from crime requires contexts conducive to such changes.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Buck, G. (2016). “It’s a Tug of War Between the Person I Used To Be and the Person I Want To Be” The Terror, Complexity, and Limits of Leaving Crime Behind. Illness, Crisis & Loss.
Publisher:
SAGE
Journal:
Illness, Crisis and Loss
Publication Date:
20-Dec-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620485
DOI:
10.1177/1054137316684452
Additional Links:
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1054137316684452
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Health and Social Care

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dc.contributor.authorBuck, Gillianen
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-02T15:39:06Z-
dc.date.available2017-05-02T15:39:06Z-
dc.date.issued2016-12-20-
dc.identifier.citationBuck, G. (2016). “It’s a Tug of War Between the Person I Used To Be and the Person I Want To Be” The Terror, Complexity, and Limits of Leaving Crime Behind. Illness, Crisis & Loss.en
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1054137316684452-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620485-
dc.description.abstractThis article draws upon an ethnographic study of peer mentoring in the United Kingdom criminal justice system. It examines how people attempting to desist from criminal lifestyles often experience a period of crisis, characterized by unsettling practical and personal losses. Through interviews with peer mentors and mentees, and observations of mentoring practices, this study renders this sense of adversity visible. It also reveals the ways in which peer mentors may alleviate the weight of the crisis, by providing a blueprint of change, while appearing to be nonauthoritarian. These are important components given that mentees often feel untethered from known ways of being and describe their interactions with authority figures as embattled. An interesting secondary effect which emerges here is that peer mentors appear to shift the perceptions of external observers. This is a vital feature, given that sustained desistance from crime requires contexts conducive to such changes.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAGEen
dc.relation.urlhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1054137316684452en
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectCriminologyen
dc.subjectPeer mentoringen
dc.subjectdesistanceen
dc.title“It’s a Tug of War Between the Person I Used To Be and the Person I Want To Be” The Terror, Complexity, and Limits of Leaving Crime Behinden
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalIllness, Crisis and Lossen
dc.date.accepted2016-11-17-
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderESRCen
rioxxterms.identifier.projectESRC 1037698en
rioxxterms.versionAMen
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