Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives / Edition 1

Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives / Edition 1

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by Shadd Maruna

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ISBN-10: 1433802147

ISBN-13: 9781433802140

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: American Psychological Association

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6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Foreword     xv
Introduction: The Common Criminal and Us     3
Dissecting Desistance     15
Defining Desistance     19
The Liverpool Desistance Study     37
Two Views of a Brick Wall     53
Sample Prognosis: Dire     57
Reading From a Condemnation Script     73
Making Good: The Rhetoric of Redemption     85
Applied Mythology     109
Work, Generativity, and Reform     117
Mea Culpa: Shame, Blame, and the Core Self     131
The Rituals of Redemption     147
Appendix     169
References     181
Author Index     201
Subject Index     207
About the Author     211

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Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written and thought provoking look at how ex-offenders can effectively rebuild their lives. It also reminds us, the average Joe, on what part we can and should play in that process. More than anything it is filled with humanity and wisdom. Maruna writes like a pro, making the book intelligible for anyone to enjoy, (you don't have to be a criminologist)and more than that, helps us to truely understand things from new perspectives. This book has won the Michael J. Hindelang Award, given by the American Society of Criminology for a most outstanding contribution to criminology in 2001. I can only say the author deserves it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent. It would be of interest to anyone interested in the field of corrections. Maruna provides information on popular theories of desistance and then provides his own theory for how ex-offenders are able to turn their lives around and 'make good.' Anyone will be able to get something out of the book, one does not have to be a criminologist or sociologist to understand it. He explains everything so that anyone can understand it. I was impressed that he did not forget women. They made up one/fifth of his sample; many studies omit women because they are 'too few to matter' since they are underrepresented in prison demographics. The only weaknesses I found were that this theory is not generalizable as he did not include interviews from many minorities and that his sample size may have been too small. It would be interesting to see if there is a difference between the way different races desist from crime, or if that makes a difference.