Can stories reduce crime? Rafe McGregor believes so, specifically when it comes to ideologically motivated crime, whether perpetrated by state actors or non-state actors. Narrative Justice is a major contribution to narrative criminology with criminological applications and ethical implications that make imperative reading for those tasked with law enforcement and policy making at the highest levels.
In Narrative Justice, McGregor applies meticulous philosophical reasoning to work out how we might reduce criminal inhumanity through narrative. His ideas on the ethical value of narrative representation and the knowledge-generating capacity of ‘exemplary stories’ will be of enduring value to social theory, criminology, and to anyone who hopes to change minds.
In Narrative Justice Rafe McGregor offers a strikingly original defense of the idea that works of narrative art have a distinctive capacity to cultivate understanding and promote an ethical society. A fascinating feature of this books is its turn to criminology as a fresh site for thinking about art’s ability to develop moral sensibilities and character. Narrative Justice is ultimately a plea for the importance of aesthetic education, an idea championed by Friedrich Schiller in 1794 and here modernized and made responsive to contemporary concerns and problems. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in why healthy societies need good narratives.