Narrative Criminology

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Narrative criminology is an emerging approach which seeks to understand how offenders, victims, and policy makers represent crime through spoken and visual mediums. The author in this contribution focusses on a particular aspect of narrative criminology, namely how the stories told by offenders contribute to their desistance from crime or to repeat criminal behaviour. A brief overview of research in narrative criminology is relayed and, drawing on some of the author’s own experiences, the role of in-depth interviewing in producing “rich” narratives is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Australian and New Zealand Criminology, Crime and Justice
EditorsAntje Deckert, Rick Sarre
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319557472
ISBN (Print)9783319557465
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • narrative criminology
  • disclosure
  • story telling


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