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The ontology of the Muslim male offender: a critical realist framework

Irfan, Lamia and Wilkinson, Matthew 2020. The ontology of the Muslim male offender: a critical realist framework. Journal of Critical Realism 19 (5) , pp. 481-499. 10.1080/14767430.2020.1827346

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This article proposes a theoretical framework for thinking systematically about Muslim males’ involvement in criminality, derived from the philosophy of critical realism. This theoretical framework is deployed to explore primary data from life story interviews with 17 Muslim male offenders in a way that explains the role of structural and cultural factors, as well as individual agency, in participants’ involvement in crime at a range of ‘emergent’ ontological levels. As well as factors in common with offending by young males generally, such as absent role models at home, experiences of socio-economic marginalization, the presence of hypermasculine hegemonic masculinities on the street and an inadequate experience of school, ‘unserious’ religion and ‘religious’ justifications for involvement in crime are factored into the ontology of the male Muslim offender as rendering some young Muslim males particularly vulnerable to offending.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1476-7430
Funders: The Dawes Trust
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2022 11:15

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