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The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (7th edn)

Alison Liebling, Shadd Maruna, and Lesley McAra
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date: 22 May 2024

p. 1466. Turning over a new leaf: desistance research for a new generationlocked

p. 1466. Turning over a new leaf: desistance research for a new generationlocked

  • Beth Weaver,
  • Hannah Graham
  •  and Shadd Maruna

Abstract

This chapter introduces the notion of desistance, which refers to the sustained abstinence from offending among those who previously had engaged in patterns of criminality. Early desistance research implies how people can change and criminality is not a permanent trait. Desistance was also a product of its time, catching fire at a particular moment in British criminology that involved Tony Blair’s ‘New Labour’ Government’s criminal justice policies. The chapter explains how the potential of intersectionality to generate new, critical insights into desistance research and theory. It references several case studies and literature on justice practices being influenced by desistance theory.

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