Why God Is Often Found Behind Bars: Prison Conversions and the Crisis of Self-Narrative

@inproceedings{Maruna2006WhyGI,
  title={Why God Is Often Found Behind Bars: Prison Conversions and the Crisis of Self-Narrative},
  author={Shadd Maruna and Louise Wilson and Kathryn Curran},
  year={2006}
}
The jail cell conversion from "sinner" to true believer may be one of the best examples of a "second chance" in modern life, yet the process receives far more attention from the popular media than from social science research. In this article, we explore prisoner conversions from the perspective of narrative psychology. Drawing on 75 original, life story interviews with prisoner "converts," we argue that the conversion narrative "works" as a shame management and coping strategy in the following… CONTINUE READING

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