Violent Men: Trauma, Humiliation and Scenarios of Harm

  • Mohammed RahmanEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society book series (PSRCS)


In this chapter, through numerous in-depth ethnographies, I explore the biographical accounts of several violent men that have committed serious criminal offences. Some of the men in this chapter have served custodial sentences for committing acts of homicide. All the men, however, have been part of organised crime networks, with some being involved in criminal operations beyond the West Midlands. In addition to exploring their criminal activities, I present rich narratives of these men through their life histories, which in turn provides an understanding of harms inflicted on them, and the harms that they have inflicted on others. To provide a persuasive analysis, theoretically I decipher biographical and reflexive accounts of these men through psychoanalysis and Bourdieusian epistemologies. Indeed, it is through narrative accounts that I present what I have coined: scenarios of harm, and how imaginary situations contribute towards the shaping of an individual’s street habitus (Wacquant in American Journal of Sociology 107: 1468–1532, 2002; Sandberg and Pedersen in Street Capital: Black Cannabis Dealers in a White Welfare State. Policy Press, Bristol, 2009; Fraser in Journal of Youth Studies 16: 970–985, 2013), and how this then valorizes their capital and position within the field. Ultimately, I draw towards a speculative suggestion that the containment of harmful dispositions becomes integral for a person’s behaviour, interaction and trajectory in the underworld.


Biography Bourdieu Capital Consciousness Criminal entrée Drugs Ego Ethnography Field Freud Guns Habitus Harm Homicide Humiliation Language Latent Narrative criminology Organised crime Psychoanalysis Reflexivity Scenarios of harm Semi-structured interviews Spectator violence Street capital Street field Street habitus Trauma Unconsciousness 


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  1. 1.School of Social SciencesNottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK

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