“Seeking peace of mind” – understanding desistance as a journey into recovery and out of chaos
University College Cork
This research examines the lived experience of 40 men from working class areas of Cork city as they attempt to desist from offending. As part of this study, addiction featured as a significant issue for all of the participants and dominated their desistance journey. This study aimed to understand how issues of masculinity, working class culture, poverty and trauma were relevant for men from the Cork area and their participation in crime. In addition, this research sought to understand the relationship between addiction and offending, and relatedly the relationship between desistance and recovery. This work uses the voices of the participants via life narrative interviews and the findings emerged via a Grounded Theory analysis that links the themes and concepts to the data.
Recovery , Masculinity , Addiction , Desistance , Cork City , Criminology , Poverty , Trauma
Cambridge, G. 2019. “Seeking peace of mind” – understanding desistance as a journey into recovery and out of chaos. PhD Thesis, University College Cork.