The social dynamics of group-offending

Weaver, B. and Fraser, A. (2022) The social dynamics of group-offending. Theoretical Criminology, 26(2), pp. 264-284. (doi: 10.1177/13624806211030459)

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Theoretical explanations of group offending have been hindered by a focus on rational actor models of social relationships. One consequence of this has been a neglect of the dynamics of social relations and their role in group offending and desistance. Drawing illustratively on two studies conducted in the West of Scotland, this article advances an integrated theoretical framework for the comparative study of group offending that moves beyond either individualizing or ‘gang’ frames dominating existing discourse, towards a thick understanding of situated social relations. By integrating Bourdieu’s concept of habitus with Donati’s relational realist framework, this article theoretically and empirically examines the dynamics of group offending relationships, what shapes them and the way they can, in turn, shape and affect offending and desistance trajectories.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Fraser, Professor Alistair
Authors: Weaver, B., and Fraser, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Theoretical Criminology
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1461-7439
Published Online:16 July 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Theoretical Criminology 26(2): 264-284
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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