An Analysis Of Mark Renton And His Drug Addiction From The Perspective Of Life-Course Criminology

Supraja N. Subramanian, Assistant Professor at Saveetha School of Law, SIMATS


Life-course criminology involves developmental studies in criminology, the focus of which is on the psychological factors that influence the onset and persistence of criminal behaviour. This method of study analyses how changes in social arrangements, like education, employment or marriage could lead to changes in offending. This paper studies the life of Mark Renton, the protagonist of the movie Trainspotting, and his drug addiction using life-course criminology approach. Different stages of his substance abuse has been observed and analysed such as the onset, acceleration, desistance, relapse, cessation and recovery. In addition, the influence of drug addiction on Mark Renton’s offending behaviour has also been looked into.

Indian Journal of Law and Legal Research

Abbreviation: IJLLR

ISSN: 2582-8878


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