Morality tales: young women's narratives on offending, self-worth and desistance

Larsson, Birgit (2019) Morality tales: young women's narratives on offending, self-worth and desistance. Probation Journal, 66 (3). pp. 318-334. ISSN 0264-5505

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This article emerges from a study of female offenders’ participation in police-facilitated restorative justice in one county in England. The qualitative study, presented here, is based on life history interviews with twelve women and focuses on three morality tales that emerged through narrative analysis: ‘offending as play,’ ‘the strong woman’ and ‘work and a normal life.’ The women used these tales to protect self-worth and justify ‘bad’ behavior in order to counter professional responses which they viewed as stigmatising. The paper concludes with implications for practice with girls and women who offend, which may benefit police, probation and social workers.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Child Protection & Family Support
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Research on Children and Families
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2019 11:32
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2023 13:51
DOI: 10.1177/0264550519860560


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