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

Cromby, John, Brown, Steven D., Gross, Harriet, Locke, Abigail and Patterson, Anne E. (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. ISSN 0007-0955

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Abstract

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 affective-textual 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.

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Additional Information: 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 Cromby, John, Brown, Steven, Gross, Harriet, Locke, Abigail and Patterson, Anne E. (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 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1093/bjc/azq029
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > The Institute for Health Citizenship
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 13 May 2010 13:25
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2015 19:09
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/7660

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