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Been a Heavy Life: Stories of Violent Men
by Lois Presser
University of Illinois Press, 2007
Paper: 978-0-252-07558-2 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09218-3 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03358-2
Library of Congress Classification HM1116.P73 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.38962

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In this groundbreaking work, Lois Presser investigates the life stories of men who have perpetrated violence. She applies insights from across the academy to in-depth interviews with men who shared their accounts of how they became the people we most fear--those who rape, murder, assault, and rob, often repeatedly. Been a Heavy Life provides the discipline of criminology with two crucial frameworks: one for critically evaluating the construction of offenders’ own stories, and one for grasping the cultural meta-narratives that legitimize violence. For social scientists generally, this book offers a vivid demonstration of just how dynamic and contingent self-narratives are.

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