An unfinished alternative: towards a relational paradigm

Beth Weaver, Allan Weaver

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    Abstract

    In recent years, studies of desistance from crime – and of their implications for criminal justice practice – have begun to challenge ‘the risk paradigm’. That challenge has been cast principally in terms of the ways in which desistance can be supported (and therefore risk of reoffending reduced), with research suggesting, for example, the critical importance of motivation, relationships and social contexts in the human development processes associated with leaving crime behind. However, more recently, desistance research has begun to raise questions about the end point or destination implied: What comes after desistance? This chapter argues that a focus on social relations, trust and reciprocity is essential – both practically and normatively – to processes of change and to supporting them. That focus in turn requires the development of co-productive approaches to practice that take more seriously the lived realities of the struggle for change, and the experiential expertise of those engaged in that struggle.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBeyond the Risk Paradigm in Criminal Justice
    EditorsChris Trotter, Gill McIvor, Fergus McNeill
    Pages221-238
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2016

    Publication series

    NameBeyond the Risk Paradigm
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

    Keywords

    • desistance
    • risk
    • reintegration
    • relationships and networks
    • co-production

    Activities

    • 1 Key-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

    The Relational Context of Desistance: Research and Practice

    Beth Weaver (Keynote/plenary speaker)

    12 Feb 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Desistance and Recovery Academy Conference, Sheffield Hallam University

    Beth Weaver (Keynote/plenary speaker)

    7 Apr 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

    Cite this

    Weaver, B., & Weaver, A. (2016). An unfinished alternative: towards a relational paradigm. In C. Trotter, G. McIvor, & F. McNeill (Eds.), Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Criminal Justice (pp. 221-238). (Beyond the Risk Paradigm).