Punishing children: the manufacture of criminal careers in Hellion Town

Ruggiero, Vincenzo ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4090-849X (1997) Punishing children: the manufacture of criminal careers in Hellion Town. Theoretical Criminology, 1 (3) . pp. 341-361. ISSN 1362-4806 [Article]


This article examines the treatment of young offenders in an inner-city area of contemporary Britain. The effect of harsher legislation on the practices adopted by agencies and practitioners is highlighted. The analysis relates to the symbolic interactionist tradition, and on the basis of the material collected, convergencies and discrepancies with such theoretical tradition are pinpointed. In a brief conclusion, while the case under investigation is said to reflect the growing punitiveness exacted on youth in general, it is also said to signal the particular British obsession with punishing children.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 9295
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Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2012 06:37
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:24
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/9295

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