In contrast to the widespread focus on ethnicity in relation to
engagement in offending, the question of whether or not processes
associated with desistance that is the cessation and curtailment of
offending behaviour vary by ethnicity has received less attention.
This is despite known ethnic differences in factors identified as
affecting disengagement from offending, such as employment, place
of residence, religious affiliation and family structure, providing
good reasons for believing differences would exist. This book seeks
to address this oversight. Using data obtained from in-depth
qualitative interviews it investigates the processes associated
with desistance from crime among offenders drawn from some of the
principal minority ethnic groups in the United Kingdom.
Cultures of Desistance explores how structural (families,
friends, peer groups, employment, social capital) and cultural
(religion, values, recognition) ethnic differences affected the
environment in which their desistance took place. For Indians and
Bangladeshis, desistance was characterised as a collective
experience involving their families actively intervening in their
lives. In contrast, Black and dual heritage offenders desistance
was a much more individualistic endeavour. The book suggests a need
for a research agenda and justice policy that are sensitive to
desisters structural location, and for a wider culture which
promotes and supports desisters efforts."
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