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Stories of Violence : A Narrative Criminological Study of Ambiguity

Sandberg, Sveinung ; Tutenges, Sébastien LU and Copes, Heith (2015) In British Journal of Criminology 55(6). p.1168-1186
Abstract

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... (More)

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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ambiguity, drug dealers, narrative, narrative criminology, story, violence
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British Journal of Criminology
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55
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6
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19 pages
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Oxford University Press
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0007-0955
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10.1093/bjc/azv032
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English
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  author       = {Sandberg, Sveinung and Tutenges, Sébastien and Copes, Heith},
  issn         = {0007-0955},
  language     = {eng},
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  number       = {6},
  pages        = {1168--1186},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  series       = {British Journal of Criminology},
  title        = {Stories of Violence : A Narrative Criminological Study of Ambiguity},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azv032},
  doi          = {10.1093/bjc/azv032},
  volume       = {55},
  year         = {2015},
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