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Constructing crime, enacting morality: emotion, crime and anti-social behaviour in an inner-city community

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posted on 03.12.2012, 10:02 by John Cromby, Steven D. Brown, Harriet Gross, Abigail Locke, Anne Patterson
Research into emotion, crime and anti-social behaviour has lacked psychological input and rarely considered the multi-directional associations between emotion, crime and morality. We present a study analysing audio recordings of two community groups meeting in a deprived inner city area with high rates of crime, using conversation analytic and discursive psychological techniques to conduct an affectivetextual analysis that draws out aspects of participants’ moral reasoning and identifies its emotional dimensions. Moral reasoning around crime and ASB took three forms (invoking moral categories, developing moral hierarchies, invoking vulnerable others), and was bound up with a wide range of emotional enactments and emotion displays. Findings are discussed in relation to contemporary government policy and possible future research.

Funding

This work was funded by the ESRC under grant RES-000-22-2434 “Emotion and Crime: a mixed-methods approach”.

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Citation

CROMBY, J. ... et al, 2010. Constructing crime, enacting morality: emotion, crime and anti-social behaviour in an inner-city community. British Journal of Criminology, 50 (5), pp. 873-895.

Publisher

Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (ISTD) / © The Author 2010

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2010

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This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in British Journal of Criminology following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azq029

ISSN

0007-0955

Language

en