Social media: a challenge to identity and relational desistance

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    Society has witnessed a rapid growth in the prevalence and use of social media. The influence and impact of this expansion has sparsely, if at all, been considered within the context of desistance from crime. This article draws upon the narratives of male and female service users subject to community supervision by a Community Rehabilitation Company, collected as part of a doctoral thesis. Evidence demonstrates how social media plays a largely negative role, with some gendered difference on a service user’s identity and relational desistance, alongside individual agency and wider social structures. This enables the article to develop the evidence base of interactionist perspectives of desistance, while also recognising gender.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalProbation Journal
    Early online date9 Oct 2020
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


    • desistance
    • probation
    • gender
    • social media
    • identity
    • relationships


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