Processes of Intermittency in Criminal Careers: Notes From a Swedish Study on Life Courses and Crime
2013 (English)In: International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology, ISSN 0306-624X, E-ISSN 1552-6933, Vol. 57, no 8, 913-938 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article explores the concept of “intermittency” and uses qualitative lifehistory narratives with male offenders from The Stockholm Life Course Projectto distinguish between two qualitatively different forms of intermittent offending.Findings suggest that one form of intermittency can be characterized by “breaks”and “pauses” in offending, where the offender for a period of time “holds up” butwithout attempting to commit to any long-term change in trajectory. The secondform can best be understood as incomplete or aborted attempts at desistance, whereattempts to change are present but not realized. Perceived or experienced failure toenter conventional roles and engage in conventional practices is highly relevant tounderstand these attempts. The intermittent zigzag patterns of offending observed inquantitative studies of criminal careers can thus actually entail qualitatively differentlife course processes of continuity and change. Implications for policy and futureresearch are highlighted.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 57, no 8, 913-938 p.
life course, intermittency, desistance from crime, human agency, life history narratives
Research subject Criminology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82019DOI: 10.1177/0306624X12443656ISI: 000321619200002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-82019DiVA: diva2:565093
ProjectsThe Stockholm Life Course Project