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This paper is an attempt to explain why male refugees committed acts of violence in exile in Norway. Three cases, two homicides and one rape case, are presented together with the men who committed them. It is argued that violence occurs as a consequence of a combination of precipitating factors pert...

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Published in:Journal of Scandinavian studies in criminology and crime prevention
Contributors: Ingvar, David H. (Other); Levander, Sten (Other); Dalteg, Arne (Other); Meurling, Ann Wirsen (Other)
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
Published: 2001
In:Journal of Scandinavian studies in criminology and crime prevention
Year: 2001, Volume: 3, Issue: 1, Pages: 84-95
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Summary:This paper is an attempt to explain why male refugees committed acts of violence in exile in Norway. Three cases, two homicides and one rape case, are presented together with the men who committed them. It is argued that violence occurs as a consequence of a combination of precipitating factors pertaining to the history and biography of the informants. The historical and biographical factors, such as war, refugee experiences and mental illnesses, work in combination with more immediate contextual factors which pertain to the refugees' subsequent experiences in Norway, such as social isolation, lack of treatment, alcohol abuse and precarious living conditions. The main hypothesis is that violent acts may be committed when somebody has been exposed to an intolerable amount of physical and/or psychic pressure and as a means of regaining control. Furthermore, Bourdieu's concept of habitus is a tool in the analysis of the men's violent acts
ISSN:1404-3858