Criminal Desistance Narratives of Young People in the West of Scotland: Understanding Spirituality and Criminogenic Constraints

Holligan, Chris and McLean, Robert (2018) Criminal Desistance Narratives of Young People in the West of Scotland: Understanding Spirituality and Criminogenic Constraints. Religions, 9 (6). p. 177. ISSN 2077-1444

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Abstract

In our qualitative study of urban youth living in the West of Scotland, we argue that religion and spirituality give personal sustenance and hope from which a process of desistance can emerge. Religious worship offers a ‘site’ for undermining reoffending through the availability and adoption of socially supportive bonds. Desistance can occur through the development of different bonds and the recognition of transcendental authority. The results endorse the protective role of spirituality in desistance in relation to disadvantaged young people whose lives have been impacted by crime.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: desistance; religion; spirituality; crime; structure; offending
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
V600 Theology and Religious studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2018 09:08
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 17:18
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35638

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