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


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...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Deviant Behavior
DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2016.1229929


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