Making Criminology Good: A Response to Shadd Maruna

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This article provides a critical engagement with Shadd Maruna's book Making Good. The author illuminates why Making Good is a truly radical contribution to the study of crime; a book that underlines the important contribution psychology can make to the study of (ex)offenders' lives. However, the author argues that in focusing our attention on the psychosocial, Maruna raises – but does not adequately answer – the question of how to conceptualise the subjectivities of criminological research subjects. The article concludes by arguing that a complex, dynamic understanding of the relationship between the social and psychological is needed to account for the capacity of some offenders to desist from crime despite the overwhelming social forces that mitigate against this kind of change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-322
JournalThe Howard Journal of Crime and Justice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2003


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