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Desistance from crime: reflections on the transitional experiences of young people with a history of offending

Haigh, Y. (2009) Desistance from crime: reflections on the transitional experiences of young people with a history of offending. Journal of Youth Studies, 12 (3). pp. 307-322.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676260902775077
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore the complexities involved in young people's attempts to move away from criminal activity. This paper draws on qualitative data from a study that aimed to identify how young people negotiate transitions away from offending. The paper argues that an analysis of the subtle shifts in young people's perceptions and interpretations of their situation sheds light on the complex nature of desisting from crime. To do so, the paper focuses on the role of relevance in order to explore how these subtle shifts in thinking enable young people to reinterpret their lives and move towards desistance. By way of undertaking this analysis, this paper draws on Alfred Schutz's phenomenological approach to the nature of relevance to explore how young people shift between their known world of 'doing crime' and an unknown world of being 'straight and legitimate'.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Politics and International Studies
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright: © 2009 Taylor & Francis
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/7734
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