Narrative criminology: An introduction to key concepts and theoretical assumptions

This paper aims to introduce narrative criminology to Czech readers as a recent but rapidly developing approach to the study of criminal and harmful behaviour. Drawing on different theoretical traditions in narrative inquiry, from narrative psychology to postmodernism, narrative criminologists see the narrative as a factor of engagement or abstinence from criminal and/or harmful conduct. They also examine the relationships between stories and crime control and stories and victimization. The focus of this study is to analyze the theoretical framework of narrative criminology, including (1) the definition and conceptualization of the narrative, (2) narrative mechanisms constituting action, (3) types of narrative, (4) the relationship between narrative, power and social inequality, and (5) the role of context in the co-production of the narrative and the possibilities of its analysis. The conclusion summarizes the presented information and discusses possible uses of narrative criminology in a Czech context.

narrative criminology, narrative, narrative habitus, offenders, life story

Václav Walach



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