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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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Growing out of crime? Problems, pitfalls and possibilities

Growing out of crime? Problems, pitfalls and possibilities

(p.91) Five Growing out of crime? Problems, pitfalls and possibilities
Moving on from Crime and Substance Use

Anne Robinson

Policy Press

This chapter considers questions of identity during adolescence and in the transition to adulthood, noting that the latter often involves a parallel transition out of youthful delinquency. The focus is on narrative identities and developing sense of biography as revealed across a range of empirical studies. The author also begins to explore how young people exercise agency in their construction of life stories and narratives of self, particularly where they have few resources to enable them to present themselves ‘well’, and may also be designated by others as in some way ‘troubled or troublesome’. Difficult or fractured transitions may have knock on effects for developing positive adult identities and practices, and may trap some young people in a position where their ‘offenderhood’ is both internalised and externally reinforced in their social relations. The challenge is then how to offer meaningful opportunities for growth and early forms of generativity.

Keywords:   identity, adolescence, fractured transitions, narrative identities, agency

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