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Title: Contextualizing parolee reintegration : narrative themes in community re-engagement in two cities in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada
Author: Murphy, Jennifer
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2011
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This exploratory study focuses on the experiences of 18 parolees released after serving a federal sentence of over two years into two small cities in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada in terms of the supports and challenges they faced in reintegrating into communities where tolerance for ex-offenders was problematic. The study aims to provide hitherto unexamined aspects of reintegration issues from the point of view of the parolees themselves. Their interpretation of events and examination of the difficulties (and acceptance) they received in the two communities add a further dimension to discussions about successful reintegration and rebuilding of their lives after incarceration. To that end, semi-structured interviews were conducted and analyzed using a narrative approach that was informed by Shaw's (1930) study of the life-history in The Jack Roller and Maruna's (2001) psychosocial approach to desistance. The interviews, however, were analyzed in their entirety which kept parolee voices distinct and individual. Findings focus on three main areas: the ubiquity of transcarceral controls on parolees' lives and the impacts of generational cycles of loss and abandonment on the ability to reintegrate successfully; the impacts of mental health problems, addictions, unemployment and poverty on individual attempts to reintegrate; and the development of communities of choice within the Canadian "Metis nation" as described by Saul (2008). Related issues include the pressure to remain "invisible", a permanent "outsider", in communities upon release, and definition of successful reintegration or desistance in terms of a continuum rather than a dichotomy of "criminal"/"law-abiding citizen".
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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