Conflicting Narratives of Crime and Punishment: Chapter 4, Springer Nature

This chapter explores the concept of public narratives of crime and criminal justice and its importance in influencing criminal justice and penal policy as well as expressions of public opinion. In order to understand the power of public narratives of crime and criminal justice, it is important to better conceptualise the term and make public narratives empirically accessible. Thus, the author develops a conceptual map of different levels of discourse and the different voices competing for attention in the public domain in order to proceed to developing the concept of public narratives into one that can be measured empirically across time and space. This provides a more dynamic understanding of how crime, criminal justice, and punishment are constructed in specific social contexts and environments.