Siinviidatud vabalevis olev tekst leidis oma koha põhjusel, et otsib vastuseid traditsioonilistele küsimustele ebatraditsioonilisel viisil. Õigemini küll, politsei ja kriminoloogia valdkonnas mõnevõrra ebatraditsiooniliselt. Humanitaariast ja poliitikateooriatest on teada narratiividest tõukuvad seletusmehhanismid, mida siin tekstis kasutatakse, kuid teistsuguse retoorika ja mõistestikuga. Tekst võiks huvi pakkuda kõikidele inimestele alates lastest kuni mõjukate poliitikakujundajateni (tegelikult on ju ka lapsed mõjukad poliitikakujundajad – ma ei pisenda nende rolli siin sugugi).

Kontekstiks:

“According to Pratt’s original formulation of the so-called Scandinavian/Nordic penal exceptionalism thesis (Pratt, 2008a, 2008b; Pratt & Eriksson, 2011, 2012), Scandinavian societies exhibit a ‘culture of equality’. Historically, these countries were relatively small, sparsely populated Lutheran societies with little class difference, a high level of interpersonal trust, and no real aristocracy, all of which contributed to equality becoming a deep-rooted cultural value.” (Ugelvik, 2022, p. 1)

Autori ambitsioon:

“In what follows, I seek to move the debate surrounding the cultural foundation of Scandinavian exceptionalism forward by connecting it to cultural criminology (Bevier, 2015; Ferrell, 1999; Ferrell et al., 2008).” (Ugelvik, 2022, p. 1)

Eesmärk:

“This article revisits the cultural backwaters of the exceptionalism argument and tries to venture further. The aim is to provide a small but important piece to the puzzle through a close reading of two of Norway’s most memorable children’s books.” (Ugelvik, 2022, p. 2)

Lasteraamatud on uurimise all:

“From this short introduction, Norwegian readers will already have recognized that I am talking about Claus Climbermouse and the Other Animals in the Huckybucky Forest (Egner, 2018 [1953], hereafter Huckybucky), and When the Robbers Came to Cardamom Town (Egner, 1993 [1955], hereafter Cardamom Town), two of Norway’s most endearing and best-loved children’s books, both written and illustrated by Thorbjørn Egner (19121990).” (Ugelvik, 2022, p. 2)

Jõuline narratiiv sellest, kuidas igaüks võib muutuda:

“Below, I argue that both books are fundamentally stories of desistance and forgiveness. In both books, serial offenders go through a process of change and end up as valued members of their local communities.” (Ugelvik, 2022, p. 2)

Kultuurikriminoloogia suundumused:

“The field of cultural criminology has largely focused on connections between the concept and phenomenon of ‘crime’ and the wider cultural context and has attempted to move discussions surrounding crime causation beyond traditional criminological aetiologies that focus on a strict, linear causality (Frederick & Larruskain, 2016).” (Ugelvik, 2022, p. 4)

Lugemishuvi suurendamiseks:

“The question of how literature and society are connected has been debated for centuries. Art and life imitate each other in complex and always ongoing cultural processes that are extremely difficult, if not impossible, to entangle empirically. Connecting cultural criminology with the Scandinavian exceptionalism literature, this article has just made the tiniest of preliminary scratches on the surface of such an undertaking.” (Ugelvik, 2022, p. 15)

Ugelvik, T. (2022). Three burglars, a friendly police inspector, and a vegetarian fox: Scandinavian exceptionalism, children’s literature, and desistance-conducive cultures. Nordic Journal of Criminology, 1–18. https://doi.org/10.1080/2578983X.2022.2117149