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NCJ Number: 229370 
Title: 'I Got a Quick Tongue': Negotiating Ex-Convict Identity in Mixed Company (From How Offenders Transform Their Lives, 72-86, 2009, Bonita M. Veysey, Johnna Christian, et al. eds., - See NCJ-229365)
Author(s): Lois Presser; Suzanne Kurth
Date Published: 2009
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Willan Publishing
Portland, OR 97213-3644
Sale Source: Willan Publishing
c/o ISBS, 5804 N.E. Hassalo Street
Portland, OR 97213-3644
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter on negotiating an ex-convict identity 'in mixed company' investigates the process of symbolic interactionism, where individuals construct their identities as they weigh other people's attitudes toward them.
Abstract: To begin to examine how an individual negotiates and renegotiates his or her identity within a multi-person setting, a researcher must attend closely to statements made by all participants. Because of the need for analysis of the talk of several persons, this chapter focused on one man, named James, engaging with others. Data on James were drawn from a larger study of 27 convicted men. The study provides insights for programs to promote change among ex-offenders. The finding that James cherished his 'bad' self insofar as it reflected his creativity and autonomy, should give pause to those who would 'correct' all that ex-offenders think and say. Currently, the dominant, cognition-oriented interventions for ex-offenders discourage creative deliberation about one's past offending. To help ex-offenders with identity transformation that facilitates reintegration, the starting point must begin with their preferred identity, not those preferred for them. Notes and references
Main Term(s): Social reintegration
Index Term(s): Behavior patterns; Community-based corrections (adult); Crime prediction; Ex-offenders; Inmate attitudes; Inmate release plans; Offender attitudes; Perception; Post-release programs; Recidivism; Recidivism prediction; Rehabilitation
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