chapter  9
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A Critical Race Theory of desistance

It is my contention that any future research into desistance must acknowledge the central and intersecting roles of racism, sexism, class and other related fields that maintain inequalities in the study and understandings of desistance as a whole. It must also challenge dominant social and cultural assumptions regarding black men’s ability to name their own reality in relation to their insights and understanding of their desistance aspiratons. A paradigm shaped by notions of ‘intersectionality’ could also provide a complementary theoretical lens and pedagogical possibility that would help us better comprehend the issues associated with black men’s desistance. Until such time the ‘counternarrative’ may be the only avenue open to researchers to give a platform to those voices rendered invisible by the continuing imposition of white privilege within criminology itself.