Been a Heavy Life: Stories of Violent Men

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University of Illinois Press, 2008 - Social Science - 183 pages
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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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Ugh, I can't believe I finally finished this book. It only took me about 7 months! This was one I read for school. I was not a fan. Now I have to write up a book review for it and hopefully find some way to put a slightly positive spin on it. Not. Fun. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Lois Presser is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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