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Constructing Crime, Enacting Morality: Emotion, Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in an Inner-City Community

NCJ Number
British Journal of Criminology Volume: 50 Issue: 5 Dated: September 2010 Pages: 873-895
Date Published
September 2010
23 pages

The article examines emotion, crime and anti-social behavior in an inner-city community.


Research into emotion, crime and anti-social behaviour has lacked psychological input and rarely considered the multi-directional associations between emotion, crime and morality. The authors present a study analysing audio recordings of two community groups meeting in a deprived inner-city area with high rates of crime, using conversation analytic and discursive psychological techniques to conduct an affective - textual analysis that draws out aspects of participants - moral reasoning and identifies its emotional dimensions. Moral reasoning around crime and anti-social behaviour took three forms (invoking moral categories, developing moral hierarchies, invoking vulnerable others) and was bound up with a wide range of emotional enactments and emotion displays. Findings are discussed in relation to contemporary government policy and possible future research. References and appendix (Published Abstract)

Date Published: September 1, 2010