Desistance in action: An interactional approach to criminal justice practice and desistance from offending

  • Steve Kirkwood
  • Theoretical Criminology, September 2015, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/1362480615607624

What is it about?

In this article I analysed video recordings of sessions from a groupwork programme for addressing offending behaviour. My analysis focused on notions of identity, as well as how the men on the groupwork programme interacted with each other and the social workers who ran the sessions.

Why is it important?

The article is unique in analysing the way that people interact in a programme for addressing offending behaviour.


Dr Steve Kirkwood
University of Edinburgh

In my view this article is important because it looks at how criminal justice practitioners interact with people convicted of criminal offences. Previous research tends not to show this level of detail in terms of how people actually talk to each other. It also helps to make connections between research that involved interviewing people who have been involved in offending and research that focuses on the key factors for interventions that address offending behaviour.

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