How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives
By (author) Shadd Maruna
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Making Good by Shadd Maruna
Book DescriptionCan hardened criminals really reform? "Making Good" provides resounding proof that the answer is yes. This book provides a fascinating narrative analysis of the lives of repeat offenders who, by all statistical measures, should have continued on the criminal path but instead have created lives of productivity and purpose. This examination of the phenomenology of "making good" includes an encyclopedic review of the literature on personal reform as well as a practical guide to the use of narratives in offender counseling and rehabilitation.The author's research shows that criminals who desist from crime have constructed powerful narratives that aided them in making sense of their pasts, finding fulfillment in productive behaviors, and feeling in control of their future. Borrowing from the field of narrative psychology, Maruna argues that to truly understand offenders, we must understand the stories that they tell - and that in turn this story-making process has the capacity to transform lives. "Making Good" challenges some of the cherished assumptions of various therapy models for offenders and supports new paradigms for offender rehabilitation. This groundbreaking book is a must read for criminologists, forensic psychologists, lawyers, rehabilitation counselors, or anyone interested in the generative process of change.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781433802140
(252mm x 180mm x 12mm)
Imprint: American Psychological Association
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publish Date: 1-May-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Shadd Maruna
Escape Routes: Contemporary Perspectives on Life After Punishment, Hardback (December 2010)
Addresses the reasons why people stop offending, and the processes by which they are rehabilitated or resettled back into the community; engaging with, and building upon, renewed criminological interest in this area.
Fifty Key Thinkers in Criminology, Hardback (November 2009)
Covers a range of historical and contemporary thinkers from around the world, offering a combination of biographical fact with historical and cultural context. This title is suitable for students of criminology as well as those in related disciplines, such as sociology and criminal justice.
Rehabilitation, Paperback (October 2006)» View all books by Shadd Maruna
Argues that rehabilitation should focus both on promoting human goods (providing the offender with the essential ingredients for a 'good' life) as well as reducing/avoiding risk. This book provides a summary and critique of the scientific approach to offender rehabilitation, and is for students of criminology, sociology and clinical psychology.
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