Book Chapter

Diversifying desistance research



Graham H & McNeill F (2019) Diversifying desistance research. In: Ugwudike P, Graham H, McNeill F, Raynor P, Taxman FS & Trotter C (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Rehabilitative Work in Criminal Justice. London: Routledge, pp. 104-115.

With the proliferation of desistance scholarship in the last two decades, some might argue that a saturation point has been reached. We beg to differ. More diverse research is needed to generate more depth and detailed understandings of desistance. In this chapter, four areas are critically analysed as areas for further development: (1) decolonising and culturally diversifying desistance research; (2) comparative desistance research; (3) diversity and social differences in desistance research (e.g., race and ethnicity, migration, religion, gender, sexuality, class and power); and (4) developing solidarities and social movements in support of desistance. This chapter intentionally features diverse international studies and authors, providing an alternative reading list of desistance scholarship to be celebrated alongside the landmark studies of (already) highly cited authors.

desistance; diversity; criminology

Publication date17/09/2019
Publication date online23/08/2019
Publisher URL…ok/9781138103320
Place of publicationLondon

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Dr Hannah Graham

Dr Hannah Graham

Senior Lecturer, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology