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Making good : how ex-convicts reform and rebuild their lives
Maruna, Shadd.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, [2001]

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xix, 211 pages ; 26 cm
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HV9276 .M37 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Can 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.

Author Notes

Shadd Maruna, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Albany, where he teaches courses in community corrections, rehabilitative interventions, and drug addiction treatment. He has been a Fulbright Scholar, an H. F. Guggenheim Fellow, and a Fellow of the Joint Center for Poverty Research in Chicago. His doctoral thesis, "Redeeming One's Self: How Reformed Ex-Offenders Make Sense of Their Lives," was awarded the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Dissertation Award for Northwestern University in 1998. He spends his free time with his daughter Zara and volunteering as a tutor in a local correctional facility

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xv
Introduction: The Common Criminal and Usp. 3
I. Dissecting Desistancep. 15
Chapter 1. Defining Desistancep. 19
Chapter 2. The Liverpool Desistance Studyp. 37
II. Two Views of a Brick Wallp. 53
Chapter 3. Sample Prognosis: Direp. 57
Chapter 4. Reading From a Condemnation Scriptp. 73
Chapter 5. Making Good: The Rhetoric of Redemptionp. 85
III. Applied Mythologyp. 109
Chapter 6. Work, Generativity, and Reformp. 117
Chapter 7. Mea Culpa: Shame, Blame, and the Core Selfp. 131
Chapter 8. The Rituals of Redemptionp. 147
Appendixp. 169
Referencesp. 181
Author Indexp. 201
Subject Indexp. 207
About the Authorp. 211