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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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Imagining Desistance

Imagining Desistance

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Dream Denied

Michaela Soyer

University of California Press

The concept of “imagined desistance” accounts for the observation that all the young men who participated in this study are convinced that they won’t be rearrested after their initial stay at a detention facility. The institutional structures of juvenile justice encourage teenagers to frame their incarceration as a positive turning point, but they don’t allow young men to create a nondeviant identity that is built on positive experiences of an alternative self.

Keywords:   desistance, reentry, narrative, agency

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