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

Taylor, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-2664-2194 (2017). On the Edge of Reason? Armed Robbery, Affective Transgression, and Bounded Rationality. Deviant Behavior, 38(8), pp. 928-940. doi: 10.1080/01639625.2016.1229929


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 asystole, it is only the most extreme and risky behavior, in the form of serious violent crime, that can revive a life otherwise flatlining and out of control.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Deviant Behavior on 25 Oct 2016, available online:
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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