Reforming Narratives:
Is there life after punishment?

Presented by Prof. Fergus McNeill

Wed 29 Oct 2014, 6.30pm for lecture at 7.00pm
Lauriston Hall, Lauriston Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DJ
Refreshments are included in the ticket price and will be available from 6.30pm
Reforming Narratives: Is there life after punishment?
In recent years, criminologists have become increasingly interested in the processes by which people stop and refrain from offending. One important strand of ‘desistance’ research concerns the sorts of narrative transformations that people experience in becoming ‘ex-offenders’. There is clear evidence that especially for those who have been involved in persistent offending (and who have been persistently punished) positive change involves a ‘re-storying’ of the self. This lecture explores the creative process of re-storying, using songs written about, by and with prisoners as resources and illustrations. It also examines the challenges faced when these new stories are unheard or disbelieved.
Fergus McNeill is Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow. Before becoming an academic he worked in drug rehabilitation and criminal justice social work. His research explores institutions, cultures and practices of punishment and rehabilitation. He was appointed Chair of the Scottish Advisory Panel on Offender Rehabilitation in 2011 and has given evidence or advice to governments, parliaments and prison and probation services around the world. He is also a Trustee of several charities including ‘Positive Prisons? Positive Futures…’ and Vox Liminis (whose work will provide the songs used in the lecture). He currently serves on the Poverty Truth Commission.
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