Using 'Turning Points' to Understand Processes of Change In Offending: Notes from a Swedish Study on Life Courses and Crime
2012 (English)In: British Journal of Criminology, ISSN 0007-0955, E-ISSN 1464-3529, Vol. 52, no 1, 1-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Processes of within-individual change in offending and desistance from crime can be very complex, often involving multiple, context-specific processes. But even in a generous reading of much research on turning points, while this is theoretically stated or inferred, it is less often shown or illustrated in empirical cases. I explore processes of change in offending with the help of the concept of ‘turning points’, through life story interviews conducted in the Stockholm Project, trying to make use of the possibilities inherent in qualitative inquiry. I show how life course processes and the turning points that emerge within them are often interdependent on each other, emerging in very context-specific circumstances, and need to be studied and understood and such. Future research areas are suggested.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press , 2012. Vol. 52, no 1, 1-16 p.
turning points, life course criminology, offending; desistance, life story interviews
Law and Society
Research subject Criminology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-60419DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azr062ISI: 000297858100001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-60419DiVA: diva2:434895