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Being a ‘good woman’: Stigma, relationships and desistance

Rutter, N and Barr, U (2021) Being a ‘good woman’: Stigma, relationships and desistance. Probation Journal, 68 (2). pp. 166-185. ISSN 0264-5505

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This article critiques the focus on responsibilisation of criminalised women within desistance research, policy and practice, through the neglect of the structural conditions surrounding women’s criminalisation and victimisation. The concept of the ‘good woman’ within these areas is grounded in patriarchal and neoliberal discourse. Drawing upon women’s narratives, we show this results in feelings of shame and stigmatisation, negatively affecting relational networks and leading to a denial of victimhood. Research from two complementing studies drawn together here suggest that positive relationships which challenge feelings of shame and stigmatisation are essential to women’s desistance both from crime and harm, and are therefore fundamental considerations for practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Justice Studies (from Sep 19)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 04 May 2022 11:45
Last Modified: 04 May 2022 11:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1177/02645505211010336
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16755
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