Youth justice and racialization: comparative reflections

Cunneen, Chris (2020) Youth justice and racialization: comparative reflections. Theoretical Criminology, 24 (3). pp. 521-539.

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Drawing on comparative work between Australia and England and Wales, this article considers issues of criminalization, racialization and youth justice. The article explores both the overt and more subtle forms of racializing and criminalizing young people and highlights the necessity for historically and situationally contextualized understandings of identity and race. The rationalities, practices and discourses of youth justice through which racialization occurs are identified, including how race itself becomes solidified as a category in which people, in many cases, from heterogeneous backgrounds, can be captured and named. In particular there is discussion of the rise of apparently neutral and non-discriminatory justifications for intervention found in the use of risk assessment that leads to racialized differentiation. It is argued that these practices both mask race in their practices and mark race in their outcomes.

Item ID: 67470
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1461-7439
Keywords: Black youth, criminalization, Indigenous youth, racialization, risk assessment, youth justice
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2019
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC DP130100184
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2021 23:07
FoR Codes: 48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4805 Legal systems > 480507 Youth justice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2304 Justice and the law > 230499 Justice and the law not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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