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Title: Narrative habitus: Thinking through structure/agency in the narratives of offenders
Authors: Fleetwood, Jennifer S.
First Published: 17-Jun-2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Crime, Media, Culture, 2016, 12 (2), pp. 173-192
Abstract: Starting from the premise that experience is narratively constituted and actions are oriented through the self as the protagonist in an evolving story, narrative criminology investigates how narratives motivate and sustain offending. Reviewing narrative criminological research, this article contends that narrative criminology tends towards a problematic dualism of structure and agency, locating agency in individual narrative creativity and constraint in structure and/or culture. This article argues for a different conceptualisation of narrative as embodied, learned and generative, drawing on Bourdieu’s notion of habitus. Social action, which here includes storytelling, is structured via the habitus, which generates but does not determine social action. This theorisation understands structures and representations as existing in duality, according a more powerful role to storytelling. The article concludes by discussion of the implications of such a shift for narrative interventions towards offending.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1741659016653643
ISSN: 1741-6590
eISSN: 1741-6604
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, SAGE Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Criminology

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