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Crime, Culture & Violence : Understanding How Masculinity and Identity Shapes Offending - Katie Seidler

Crime, Culture & Violence

Understanding How Masculinity and Identity Shapes Offending

Paperback Published: 8th January 2010
ISBN: 9781921513565
Number Of Pages: 202
For Ages: 18+ years old

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From prison interviews with violent offenders and a wealth of experience and research, psychologist Dr Katie Seidler explores the complex interaction between crime and culture. Featuring the voices of the offenders themselves, 15 convicted adult male violent offenders from various ethnic cultural communities explain their understanding, motivations and rationalisations for their actions and how these relate to questions of identity, community and responsibility within their cultural experience and values. In challenging current criminological theory, Dr Seidler suggests that offenders from group-oriented (collectivist) cultures offend for group-oriented reasons, whereas those from cultures prioritising individualism offend for individual reasons. This more nuanced understanding of crime and criminals within the context of culture adds significantly both to criminological theory, as well as providing suggestions for improvements to policing and offender management and rehabilitation within the criminal justice system.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Why I Wrote This Bookp. 1
Crime in Contextp. 6
A Review of What We Know About Crimep. 13
A Working Definition of Culturep. 29
Meeting the Offendersp. 39
'I have to prove that I'm there' - Identity and its Relationship to Criminal Violencep. 49
'This is for my people' versus 'It's your fault … leave me alone': Cultural Meanings of Criminal Behaviourp. 115
'I just lost it': Offenders' Rationalisations for Criminal Violencep. 148
The Way Forwardp. 175
Appendix - Methodological Approachp. 185
Referencesp. 191
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ISBN: 9781921513565
ISBN-10: 192151356X
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 13 - 17
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 8th January 2010
Publisher: Australian Academic Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27