Offending and Desistance: The Importance of Social Relations

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Abstract

In Offending and Desistance, Beth Weaver examines the role of a co-offending peer group in shaping and influencing offending and desistance, focusing on three phases of their criminal careers: onset, persistence and desistance. While there is consensus across the body of desistance research that social relations have a role to play in variously constraining, enabling and sustaining desistance, no desistance studies have adequately analysed the dynamics or properties of social relations, or their relationship to individuals and social structures. This book aims to reset this balance.
By examining the social relations and life stories of six Scottish men (in their forties), Weaver reveals the central role of friendship groups, intimate relationships and families of formation, employment and religious communities. She shows how, for different individuals, these relations triggered reflexive evaluation of their priorities, behaviours and lifestyles, but with differing results.
Weaver’s re-examination of the relationships between structure, agency, identity and reflexivity in the desistance process ultimately illuminates new directions for research, policy and practice. This book is essential reading for academics and students engaged in the study of criminology and criminal justice, delinquency, probation and criminal law.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages274
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameInternational Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation
PublisherRoutledge

Keywords

  • desistance
  • social relations
  • Donati
  • co-offending
  • offending

Prizes

British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2016

Weaver, Beth (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities

  • 4 Key-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences
  • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Invited talk

18th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology

Beth Weaver (Speaker)

31 Aug 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Desistance from Co-Offending: A Relational Perspective

Beth Weaver (Keynote/plenary speaker)

18 Jul 2018

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

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

Cite this

Weaver, B. (2015). Offending and Desistance: The Importance of Social Relations. (International Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation).