AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractPeer mentoring is an increasing feature of UK criminal justice, yet very little is known about the micro dynamics of this practice. Drawing upon an ethnographic study, this article identifies a number of ‘core conditions’ underpinning the practice, including caring, listening and encouraging small steps. Mentors and mentees highlight these conditions as antidotes to what they often perceive as disconnected, unhearing and technocratic criminal justice practices. Peer mentoring is claimed to release suffering, to unburden the self of grief and to explore new directions, given that mentors ‘genuinely care’ and are tolerant of slip-ups. Respondents offer valuable insight into the experience of being intervened upon and advocate for manageable shifts, which could meaningfully improve services for a range of vulnerable and stigmatized populations. However, the article also introduces tensions, including the expectation of emotional toil for little financial reward and the context of an increasingly results-driven criminal justice system.
CitationBuck, G. (2018). The core conditions of peer mentoring. Criminology & Criminal Justice, 18(2), 190-206. https://doi.org/10.1177/1748895817699659
JournalCriminology and Criminal Justice
DescriptionBuck, G., The core conditions of peer mentoring, Criminology & Criminal Justice. Copyright © . Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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