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Title: Exclusion, reintegration and sexual offending : concepts, theories and the black box of probation practice
Author: Whitaker, Christopher Michael
ISNI:       0000 0004 2743 0238
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2012
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Exclusion, reintegration, and sexual offending are explored in this thesis with particular reference to the 'black box' of probation practice. Exclusion and reintegration are discussed in conceptual terms and with reference to existing theoretical and empirical literature. Conceptually, exclusion and reintegration are both complex and diverse, with the first part of the thesis devoted to exploration of links between subjects such as social capital and citizenship, exclusion and rei ntegration. Theories from existing theoretical and empirical research pertaining to the backdrop to sex offender probation practice, exclusion and reintegration are then considered. Considering such theories leads to the 'co-presence' thesis, which suggests that both exclusion and reintegration will have roles to playas strategies and objectives in sex offender probation practice. An empirical investigation of the 'black box' of probation practice then considers the roles that exclusion and reintegration play in sex offender probation practice and the applicability of the 'co-presence' thesis. Though the writer found that the 'co-presence' thesis was applicable to sex offender probation practice, with exclusion and reintegration playing important roles, the emergent picture was not a straightforward one. Offenders were classified into different groups via a taxonomy, highlighting differences in terms of their levels of reintegration, strategies that were adopted, and the impact of such strategies on offenders' lives. Consideration of various 'problematics' also highlights the complexities raised by sex offender reintegration, especially where offenders were not 'integrated' prior to their current convictions. The 'problematics' identified reduced scope for the use of reintegrative strategies with sex offenders. This thesis highlights the need to understand and explore the roles that exclusion and reintegration play in sex offender probation practice in order to maximise beneficial outcomes arising from such probation practice.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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