Desistance, reflexivity andrelationality: a case study

  • Elizabeth Weaver (Lecturer at University of Strathclyde. Email:

This paper presents the analysis of a single life-story drawn from a larger study examining theindividual, relational and structural contributions to the desistance process. The emphasis here is on the contributions of key social relations in ‘Evan’s’ narrative of change. How people relate to one another, and what these relationships mean to them both as individuals and together, are critical aspects of understanding the role of social relations in desistance. This paper concludes by considering how penal practices might generate and sustain the kinds of social capital and reflexive, relational networks relevant to desistance.

Keywords: Desistance, Relationships, Reflexivity, Reciprocity, Supervision

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