Stories of Violence: A Narrative Criminological Study of Ambiguity
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Violence features in human life, not only as actual physical confrontation but also as stories. Stories of violence are particularly important in violence-prone subcultures and among those partaking in the illegal drug economy. Drawing on narrative analysis, this study examines stories of violence among a population of incarcerated Norwegian drug dealers. Four widespread story types are identified: business narratives, intimidation narratives, moral narratives and survivor narratives. We explore the content of these stories and the work they do for tellers while keeping a keen eye on their ambiguous nature. We argue that stories and storytellers plurivocality is often missed when stories of violence are described within established criminological traditions.
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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||British Journal of Criminology|
|Publication status||Published - 2015 Jan 1|