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

Cromby, John and Brown, Steven D. and Gross, Harriet and 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 1464-3529

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azq029

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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 10 and identifies its emotional dimensions. Moral reasoning around crime and anti-social behaviour
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.

Keywords:Forensic Psychology, Anti-social Behaviour, Crime, emotion, Inner-City
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:2882
Deposited On:29 Jul 2010 09:45

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