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Making sense of the melting pot: multiple discourses in youth justice policy

Fergusson, Ross (2007). Making sense of the melting pot: multiple discourses in youth justice policy. Youth Justice, 73(3) pp. 179–194.

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Abstract

The paper proposes a framework for politically-informed analysis of policy processes, to enhance understanding of the inconsistencies of youth justice policies. It begins from the importance of political discourse and argues that multiple discourses reflect political tensions which produce inconsistency. It focuses on the punitive detention of young people, and the paradoxical disjunctures between policy and practice in the 1980s. A second example concerns young people’s rights. These analyses highlight the importance of theorising differences between the rhetorical, the codificational and the implementational modes of the policy process, particularly with regard to governance, and the power of front-line staff.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2007 The National Association for Youth Justice
ISSN: 1747-6283
Keywords: discourse; policy process; detention; rights
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Social Policy and Criminology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Item ID: 17819
Depositing User: Ross Fergusson
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2009 08:42
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2014 17:35
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/17819
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