Families Shamed: The Consequences of Crime for Relatives of Serious Offenders - Routledge Advances in Ethnography (Hardback)Rachel Condry (author)
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Families Shamed draws upon intense qualitative research which combines long, searching interviews with the relatives of serious offenders with ethnographic fieldwork over a period of several years. The book focuses on how relatives made sense of their experiences, individually and collectively: how they described the difficulties they faced; whether they were blamed and shamed and in what manner; how they understood the offence and the circumstances which had brought it about; and how they dealt with the contradiction inherent in supporting someone and yet not condoning his or her actions.
This is the first book to tell the story of serious offenders' families, the difficulties they face, and their attempts to overcome them. At the same time a focus on offenders' families also draws our attention to the ways in which women are affected by crime, illuminating the broader effects of crime and the criminal justice process on the proportionately greater number of women involved. It contributes also to wider debates about the social organization of the meanings of crime, and questions the tenability of some core policy assumptions about offenders and their families; the relationship between the state and the family, and its bearing especially on expectations about family responsibilities.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
'This is a pioneering study of the families of serious offenders;it explores the shame and stigma they experience in a careful and thoughtful way. Extremely well-written, it should be read by everybody with an interest in crime and punishment.' Professor Frances Heidensohn, London School of Economics, UK
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