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On the Edge of Reason? Armed Robbery, Affective Transgression, and Bounded Rationality

Taylor, Emmeline (2016) On the Edge of Reason? Armed Robbery, Affective Transgression, and Bounded Rationality Deviant Behavior. pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

Based on interviews with convicted armed robbers, this article presents their self-reported motivations. Aside from anticipated monetary reward, some of the distinctive foreground qualities of armed robbery, including hedonic thrills, fear arousal and control are revealed. The concept of “crime as defibrillation” is introduced to account for the sensory surge craved by these men to counter a life of systematic structural exclusion, dysphoria, and lack of prospect. Suffering from sensory asystole, it is only the most extreme and risky behavior, in the form of serious violent crime, that can revive a life otherwise flatlining and out of control.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Taylor, Emmelineemmeline.taylor@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 25 October 2016
Identification Number : 10.1080/01639625.2016.1229929
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016 Taylor & Francis
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 23 May 2017 12:23
Last Modified : 23 May 2017 12:23
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/841063

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