In this Book

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In this groundbreaking work, Lois Presser investigates the life stories of men who have perpetrated violence. She applies insights from across the academy to in-depth interviews with men who shared their accounts of how they became the people we most fear--those who rape, murder, assault, and rob, often repeatedly. Been a Heavy Life provides the discipline of criminology with two crucial frameworks: one for critically evaluating the construction of offenders own stories, and one for grasping the cultural meta-narratives that legitimize violence. For social scientists generally, this book offers a vivid demonstration of just how dynamic and contingent self-narratives are.

Table of Contents

  1. front cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. Self and Story
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. 2. Offender Identities, Offender Narratives
  2. pp. 15-30
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  1. 3. Thinking about Research Effects
  2. pp. 31-45
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  1. 4. Research Methods When Research Is Being Researched
  2. pp. 46-61
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  1. 5. Reform Narratives: Return of the Good Self
  2. pp. 62-70
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  1. 6. Stability Narratives: Never a Bad Self
  2. pp. 71-96
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  1. 7. Elastic Narratives: Creative Integration
  2. pp. 97-105
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  1. 8. Tales of Heroic Struggle
  2. pp. 106-122
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  1. 9. The Situated Construction of Narratives
  2. pp. 123-144
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  1. 10. The Power of Stories
  2. pp. 145-156
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 157-160
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  1. References
  2. pp. 161-178
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 179-183
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  1. back cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252092183
Print ISBN
9780252033582
MARC Record
OCLC
811410007
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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