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"det är ju inte bara att sluta knarka och sluta vara kriminell, det är ju också... vem vill jag vara?": Fyra kvinnors erfarenheter av sina exitprocesser ut ur kriminalitet
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to describe how women who previously led a life of crime, but now desist criminal behaviour, view and discuss their process towards desistance. The women discuss their initial reasons for change, what they perceived to be opportunities versus difficulties, and furthermore how they perceived their treatment by the people around them during the process towards crime desistance. The study was conducted through four qualitative, semi-structured interviews. The empirical findings were analyzed with Ebaughs theory of role exit, theoretical concepts from Goffmans stigma theory, and Hirdmans gender theory. The results show that women’s process toward crime desistance can be described as a complex one, and is dependent on conditions both internal and external. When negative feelings are associated with the life that they lead the change process is initiated. These feelings trigger the necessary motivation for change. This is further enabled by the external framework and the different types of treatment they receive by the Swedish correctional system. The women realize that they have other options, and begin the difficult task to transform their identities and to create a new life in a world that does not necessarily differentiate between their old identity and their new one.

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Keyword [en]
desistance, female ex-offenders, gender, role exit, stigma
Keyword [sv]
upphöra med kriminalitet, kvinnliga ex-kriminella, genus, rollutträdelse, stigma
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-77213OAI: diva2:530575
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2013-10-14 Created: 2012-06-04 Last updated: 2013-10-14Bibliographically approved

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