‘I ain’t gotta feel bad for him, he’s gotta feel bad for himself’: Weak Empathy, Shame, and Guilt in Qualitative Recollections of Persistent Violence

14 October 2020, 16:30 - 17:30

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The Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER) at ARU will be hosting a free webinar as part of the PIER Policing Research Seminar Series 2020-21.

Join us via Teams for our first webinar on Wednesday 14th October, 4.30-5.30pm to hear Neema Trivedi-Bateman's talk: ‘I ain’t gotta feel bad for him, he’s gotta feel bad for himself’: weak empathy, shame, and guilt in qualitative recollections of persistent violence'

This paper will present detailed recollections of specific acts of violence collected from qualitative interviews with a frequent violent offender subsample. A striking majority of violent offenders do not think it is wrong to commit violence and do not care about doing so, i.e. they lack shame and guilt, e.g., “there’s not much guilt involved in the whole situation to be honest” (Sam, interview 39). Violence comes as a morally acceptable and natural action alternative and violent offenders do not register the predicament of their victims; they report a distinct lack of empathy. Exploration of 4 setting level factors (the presence of peers and provocation, evening city centre violence, and consumption of alcohol) in real-life violent events allows for identification of the particular circumstances under which violence often materialises. Results indicate that it is only when individuals with weak morality spend time in violence-conducive settings, violence is likely to occur. This raises policy implications not only for personality morality development in early childhood but monitoring of where and how young people choose to spend their time.

Book your FREE place now, or if you have any questions, please email PIER@aru.ac.uk

Event Details

14 October 2020, 16:30 - 17:30
Book your free ticket - email PIER@ARU.ac.uk