Figure eights, spin outs and power slides: aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and the culture of joyriding

Dawes, Glenn (2002) Figure eights, spin outs and power slides: aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and the culture of joyriding. Journal of Youth Studies, 5 (2). pp. 195-208.

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Abstract

Car theft for the purpose of joyriding for short-term transportation or non-utilitarian purposes) has almost extensively been the domain of young male perpetrators. Accordingly, existing research has primarily focused on the relationship between males and automobiles as an expression of their masculinity or as a rites of passage to adult status in society. However there are few studies that examine young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander's involvement in joyriding behaviour. This paper focuses on the outcomes of a two year research project that examined the motivations of Indigenous youth who stole cars for the purpose of joyriding. The perceptions of these young offenders highlight that joyriding can be understood as a distinct culture that allows youht the space to resist forms of governance. This paper concludes with an examination of alternative measures for diverting young offenders away from custodial sentences in a bid to decrease the high numbers of youths who steal cars for the express purpose of joyriding.

Item ID: 1574
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: joyriding, Aboriginal and Torres Strait youth, juvenile crime
ISSN: 1469-9680
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2007
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 100%
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