First person accounts from offenders have a special status in Criminology, yet they are often understood simply as records of events. Narrative Criminology instead understands first person account differently - as part and parcel of the motivations for, and undertaking of criminal and harmful behaviours. Drawing on theory from a wide variety of disciplines (Psychology, Humanities, Ethnomethodology, Feminism And Cultural Studies), Narrative Criminology seeks to understand and explain harmful and criminal behaviours. Interviews are a mainstay of Narrative Criminology, but researchers also draw on criminal manifestos, analysis of historical documents, ethnography, as well as on literary fiction and its interaction with reality.
The Working Group will offer a Europe-wide platform for the development of Narrative Criminology.
To stimulate research and share knowledge in the field of Narrative Criminology.
Following from this aim, the Narrative Criminology Working Group has the following objectives:
- To promote the development of Narrative Criminology as a distinctive theoretical and empirical approach in Criminology.
- To identify and develop potential overlaps and mutual interests with related Study and Working Groups (for example, Cultural Criminology; Gender, Crime and Justice; Historical Criminology).
- To stimulate the development of theory, and methodological innovations in Narrative Criminology.
- To foster international research collaborations, including funding bids.
- The first Working Group meeting at the ESC Conference in 2016, and subsequent annual meetings.
- Co-ordination of panels on Narrative Criminology at other national and international Conferences, such as British Society of Criminology, and the American Society of Criminology Annual Conferences.
- Promote collaborations between Working Group members. This will include organising edited book collections, special edition of journals, applications for research funding etc.
- Run the Narrative Criminology Research Network website: http://www.jus.uio.no/ikrs/english/research/projects/networkfornarrativecrim/
ESC-members interested in Narrative Criminology are welcome to join this Working Group.