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Governing Young People: coherence and contradiction in contemporary youth justice

Muncie, John (2006). Governing Young People: coherence and contradiction in contemporary youth justice. Critical Social Policy, 26(4) pp. 770–793.

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This article explores the burgeoning literature on modes and layers of governance and applies it to the complex of contemporary youth justice reform. Globalized neo-liberal processes of responsibilization and risk management coupled with traditional neo-conservative authoritarian strategies have dominated the political landscape. However, they also have to work alongside or within ‘new’ conceptions of social inclusion, partnership, restoration and moralization. These apparently contradictory strategies open up the possibility of multiple localized translations rather than an often assumed dominance of a uniform ‘culture of control’. The ensuing hybridity also suggests that any coherence within contemporary youth justice relies on continual negotiations between opposing, yet overlapping, discursive practices.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1461-703X
Keywords: authoritarianism; governance; neo-liberalism; remoralization
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 7294
Depositing User: John Muncie
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2018 22:35
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