“You and your laws and us with our laws” : a murderer’s stories navigate conflicting normative domains

Birkbeck, CH ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1690-9708 and Rodríguez, JA 2021, '“You and your laws and us with our laws” : a murderer’s stories navigate conflicting normative domains' , Dilemas - Revista de Estudos de Conflito e Controle Social, 14 (3) , pp. 641-658.

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Abstract

Employing Labov’s structural model of stories and Schönbach’s typology of accounts, we examine an interview with a murderer in Venezuela and compare two stories that were narrated within it: one about the murder and one about his family life. While most of the first story accounted for the murder by calling on values and norms that attach to the criminal subculture, it also evaluated the crime from the perspective of a conventional framework that recognized the importance of family. The second story was set within that same family framework, revealing a conflict between different normative demands made on the murderer. He resolved it by finally giving primacy to his subcultural values and identity.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Dilemas - Revista de Estudos de Conflito e Controle Social
Publisher: Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Sociais, Núcleo de Estudos da Cidadania, Conflito e Violência Urbana
ISSN: 1983-5922
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Funders: Open Society Foundations
Depositing User: CH Birkbeck
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2021 15:17
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2021 15:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/62021

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