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Moving on from Crime and Substance UseTransforming Identities$
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Anne Robinson and Paula Hamilton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324676

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324676.001.0001

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Emotions and identity transformation

Emotions and identity transformation

(p.19) Two Emotions and identity transformation
Moving on from Crime and Substance Use

Paula Hamilton

Policy Press

This chapter explores the role of emotions in identity transformation and desistance. The author begins by critically exploring the relative neglect of the emotional realm in both mainstream criminological and desistance literatures, before going on to consider how and in what ways emotions are seen to be implicated in processes of change in the relatively few existing desistance studies which consider this dimension. She then goes on to draw on her own doctoral research to highlight the ways in which emotions were heavily implicated in the stories her cohort of men told – both in stories of their onset/persistence in offending and of their eventual desistance.

Keywords:   emotions, desistance, identity transformation, men, offending

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