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Religions 2018, 9(6), 177;

Criminal Desistance Narratives of Young People in the West of Scotland: Understanding Spirituality and Criminogenic Constraints

School of Education, Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Crime, Policing and Social Justice, University of the West of Scotland, Ayr Campus, Ayr KA8 0SX, UK
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Received: 21 March 2018 / Revised: 26 April 2018 / Accepted: 17 May 2018 / Published: 28 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Crime: Theory, Research, and Practice)
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In our qualitative study of urban youth living in the West of Scotland, we argue that religion and spirituality give personal sustenance and hope from which a process of desistance can emerge. Religious worship offers a ‘site’ for undermining reoffending through the availability and adoption of socially supportive bonds. Desistance can occur through the development of different bonds and the recognition of transcendental authority. The results endorse the protective role of spirituality in desistance in relation to disadvantaged young people whose lives have been impacted by crime. View Full-Text
Keywords: desistance; religion; spirituality; crime; structure; offending desistance; religion; spirituality; crime; structure; offending
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Holligan, C.; McLean, R. Criminal Desistance Narratives of Young People in the West of Scotland: Understanding Spirituality and Criminogenic Constraints. Religions 2018, 9, 177.

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