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Dream DeniedIncarceration, Recidivism, and Young Minority Men in America$
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Michaela Soyer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520290440

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520290440.001.0001

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The Role of Agency in the Desistance Process

The Role of Agency in the Desistance Process

(p.13) 1 The Role of Agency in the Desistance Process
Dream Denied

Michaela Soyer

University of California Press

Chapter 1 connects the narrative of the American dream to the teenagers' cycles of desistance and recidivism. The rhetoric of the American dream generates unrealistic expectations about desisting from crime. The concepts of “imagined desistance,” “automatic desistance,” and “creative desistance” capture the discrepancy between theory and practice of the reentry process.

Keywords:   desistance, recidivism, agency, American dream

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