SCCJR Seminar: The role of interpersonal trust in desistance processes

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Professor Uglevik will look at how the experience of being trusted can be a turning point in people's lives.

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The role of interpersonal trust in desistance processes

Professor Thomas Ugelvik, University of Oslo, Norway

Chair: Dr Hannah Graham, University of Stirling

Abstract: The growing research literature on desistance processes - broadly defined as the process where repeat offenders stop offending and turn their attention to leading a law-abiding life - has not yet given much attention to the concept of trust.

In this paper, my aim is to use this concept to address the important empirical question of how the experience of being trusted can be a turning point in people's lives. I am going to focus on the relationship between current and former prisoners and various members of their extended networks, employers, neighbours and co-workers, as well as family members. I will argue that the experience of being trusted can lead to hope and the belief that a better future is possible.

The paper is based on data collected for the ORES project, an ongoing study of prison release, the re-entry process and desistance from crime in Norway.

Biography: Thomas Ugelvik holds a PhD in criminology from the University of Oslo from 2010. His research interests include prisons, prison cultures and general penology; immigration control, immigration detention and crimmigration; crime and the media; gender/masculinity issues; and cultural criminology.

He has published in journals such as British Journal of Criminology, European Journal of Criminology, Ethnography, Punishment and Society and Qualitative Inquiry. He is series co-editor of the book series Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology.

SCCJR will send those who have registered the Zoom link for this seminar in the days running up to the event. It will be sent by rachelle.cobain@glasgow.ac.uk so please check your inbox/junk files.

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The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research is a collaboration between the Universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Strathclyde that aims to produce excellent research and develop excellent researchers so as to better the development of policy, practice and public debate about crime and justice. Though based in Scotland and determined to analyse and address crime and justice in Scotland, our work is international both in its influences and in its influence. We work for, with and through fellow academics, policymakers, practitioners and others involved with justice all over the world, believing that Scottish criminology and Scottish criminal justice has much to learn from and much to teach others.

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