Social class, youth crime and justice

White, Rob, and Cunneen, Chris (2006) Social class, youth crime and justice. In: Goldson, Barry, and Muncie, John, (eds.) Youth Crime and Justice. Sage Publications, London, UK, pp. 17-29.

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This chapter discusses the central place of social class an understanding the reasons for the marginalisation and criminalisation of substantial sections of the youth population in 'advanced' industrialised countries. Given the prevalence of neo-liberal ideologies, the huge changes taking place in basic class relationships due to globalisation, and the impoverishment of growing numbers of young people associated with these changes, it is important to understand the structural impacts of social inequality. A substantial part of this chapter, therefore, considers the making of a new layer of socially disadvantaged young people and the response of the state to the growth in what are seen as problematic populations. The youth justice system has a major role to play in these social processes.

Item ID: 15468
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-4129-1138-2
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2011 02:35
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1602 Criminology > 160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime @ 50%
18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180119 Law and Society @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940116 Social Class and Inequalities @ 50%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940402 Crime Prevention @ 50%
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