Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Foreword: Narrative Criminology as the New Mainstream; Introduction: What Is the Story?; Part I. Stories Construct Proper Selves; 1. The Rapist and the Proper Criminal: The Exclusion of Immoral Others as Narrative Work on the Self; 2. In Search of Respectability: Narrative Practice in a Women's Prison in Quito, Ecuador; 3. Gendered Narratives of Self, Addiction, and Recovery among Women Methamphetamine Users; 4. Moral Habilitation and the New Normal: Sexual Offender Narratives of Posttreatment Community Integration. Part II. Stories Animate and Mobilize5. "The Race of Pale Men Should Increase and Multiply": Religious Narratives and Indian Removal; 6. Meeting the Djinn: Stories of Drug Use, Bad Trips, and Addiction; 7. Telling Moments: Narrative Hot Spots in Accounts of Criminal Acts; Part III. Storytelling, Creative and Reflexive; 8. The Shifting Narratives of Violent Offenders; 9. Narrative Criminology and Cultural Criminology: Shared Biographies, Different Lives?; 10. Narratives of Tax Evasion: The Cultural Legitimacy of Harmful Behavior; Conclusion: Where to Now?; About the Contributors; Index.
Stories are much more than a means of communication-stories help us shape our identities, make sense of the world, and mobilize others to action. In Narrative Criminology, prominent scholars from across the academy and around the world examine stories that animate offending. From an examination of how criminals understand certain types of crime to be less moral than others, to how violent offenders and drug users each come to understand or resist their identity as 'criminals', to how cultural narratives motivate genocidal action, the case studies in this book cover a wide array of crimes and j.