How convict criminologists navigate stigma

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Kristen Catoe (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David Kauzlarich

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore how those involved with the Convict Criminology Group navigate any stigma related to their criminal history. While not all members of this group have a criminal history, many do. I conducted semi structured interviews with six such members of this group to answer two research questions. How do these members historically and contemporarily perceive and manage stigma related to their criminal history? How has involvement with the Convict Criminology Group influenced these perceptions and management strategies? Analysis reveals that involvement with the Convict Criminology Group has had a positive impact on the majority of the participants’ perceptions of their stigma by providing them with hope for a successful future. Findings suggest the group’s affect is positive and related to giving members support and providing them with opportunities to support others.

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Language: English
Date: 2021
Convict Criminologist, Coping, Social Support, Stigma, Stigma Management
Ex-convicts $x Social conditions
Crime $x Sociological aspects
Stigma (Social psychology)
Critical criminology

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