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The relational context of desistance : some implications and opportunities for social policy

Weaver, Beth (2012) The relational context of desistance : some implications and opportunities for social policy. Social Policy and Administration, 46 (4). pp. 395-412. ISSN 0144-5596

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Abstract

Desistance from offending is generally conceptualized as a process involving an interplay between 'objective', or external factors, and 'subjective', or internal factors, with different theoretical and empirical accounts of desistance prioritizing either the role of social contexts or agency in the process. Drawing on both the life stories of a naturally forming group of men, now in their 40s, who once offended together, but whose lives have since diverged and Pierpaolo Donati's relational theory of reflexivity, this study foregrounds a re-conceptualization of the desistance process as inescapably relational. Emphasizing the importance of the relational context of desistance necessarily has implications for social and penal policy and practice responses and this paper thus proceeds to explore the extent to which extant policies variously facilitate or hinder processes of change and make relevant social supports. In so doing, this paper considers how social and penal policy might become more orientated to generating, developing and sustaining the kinds of social capital and reflexive, relational networks relevant to desistance.

Item type: Article
ID code: 37096
Keywords: desistance, Donati, relational, reflexivity, citizenship, Social pathology. Social and public welfare, Public Administration, Development, Sociology and Political Science
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2012 09:37
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 09:56
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/37096

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