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Description - Been a Heavy Life by Lois Presser

In this groundbreaking work, Lois Presser investigates the life stories of men who have perpetrated violence. She applies insights from across the academy to in-depth interviews with men who shared their accounts of how they became the people we most fear--those who rape, murder, assault, and rob, often repeatedly. Been a Heavy Life provides the discipline of criminology with two crucial frameworks: one for critically evaluating the construction of offenders\u2019 own stories, and one for grasping the cultural meta-narratives that legitimize violence. For social scientists generally, this book offers a vivid demonstration of just how dynamic and contingent self-narratives are.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780252075582
ISBN-10: 0252075587
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 22-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Lois Presser

Lois Presser is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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