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Youth Crime and Justice

Youth Crime and Justice

Second Edition
Edited by:

March 2015 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Building upon the success of the first edition, this second - and substantially revised - edition of Youth Crime and Justice comprises a range of cutting-edge contributions from leading national and international researchers.


The book:

  • Situates youth crime and youth justice within historical and social-structural contexts;
  • Critically examines policy and practice trends and their relation to knowledge and ‘evidence’; and
  • Presents a forward looking vision of a rights compliant youth justice with integrity.

An authoritative and accessible book, Youth Crime and Justice (2nd ed) provides a coherent, comprehensive and fully up-to-date analysis of contemporary developments and debates. A must for researchers, teachers, students and practitioners.

Harry Hendrick
Chapter 1: Histories of Youth Crime and Youth Justice
Rob White and Chris Cunneen
Chapter 2: Social Class, Youth Crime and Youth Justice
Colin Webster
Chapter 3: ‘Race’, Youth Crime and Youth Justice
Gilly Sharpe and Loraine Gelsthorpe
Chapter 4: Girls, Crime and Justice
Tim Bateman
Chapter 5: Trends in Detected Youth Crime and Contemporary State Responses
David Smith
Chapter 6: What Evidence for Youth Justice?
Stephen Case and Kevin Haines
Chapter 7: Risk Management and Early Intervention: A Critical Analysis
Lesley McAra and Susan McVie
Chapter 8: The Case for Diversion and Minimum Necessary Intervention
Chris Cunneen and Barry Goldson
Chapter 9: Restorative Justice? A Critical Analysis
Shadd Maruna, Brendan Coyle and Brendan Marsh
Chapter 10: Desistance from Crime in the Transition to Adulthood
Barry Goldson
Chapter 11: The Circular Motions of Penal Politics and the Pervasive Irrationalities of Child Imprisonment
Adam Edwards, Gordon Hughes and Rachel Swann
Chapter 12: Community Safety and the Policing of Young People in Austere Times
Rob MacDonald
Chapter 13: Youth Transitions, Criminal Careers and Social Exclusion
Barry Goldson and John Muncie
Chapter 14: Children’s Human Rights and Youth Justice with Integrity

For this module, this will be essential reading, the breadth is excellent.

Dr Richard Peake
School of Law, University of Leeds
May 14, 2015

This is an excellent book. I was most impressed with all the chapters. It was refreshing to read a chapter on Desistance and young people! For anyone with an interest in youth and crime I would recommend buying this book.

Mr Sean Creaney
Centre for Childhood Studies, Stockport College
May 11, 2015

This second addition is a welcome update. It is appropriate for a wide range of consumers including students and researchers.

Dr Luke Cartwright
School of Social Science, Hull University
May 1, 2015

This book provides a diverse view of crime and young people that is an effective theoretical and policy background to studying criminology and childhood.

Andre Kurowski
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
April 16, 2015

Excellent book - will be recommended reading for the developmental aspect of the course. Very recent material included and covers many of the historical aspects. Maybe some of the authors are quite critical, but nonetheless a detailed overview of the key issues.

Dr Gareth Norris
Department of Psychology, Aberystwyth University
April 15, 2015

An essential core text for any undergraduate completing a youth offending and youth justice module.

Miss Gillian Dickinson
School of Business, Law and Criminology, Blackburn College
October 26, 2015

This is an indispensable text for helping learners connect theory as a guide to practice. The integration of research, historical and contemporary developments provide the building blocks to navigate the challenges presented by the increasing emphasis on risk rather than child welfare. This text is used to provide supporting context as part of the development of skills (report writing) and when examining the role of risk within our Key Themes module.

Mr Jameel Hadi
Department of Social Work, Salford University
November 24, 2015

Excellent resource. Puts context to the topic area and allows student to discover the theory and practice of this subject.Feedback from students using this book is very positive

Mrs Caroline Knight
Children,Health, Adventure & Public Services, South Devon College
July 23, 2015
Key features

New to the Second Edition of Youth Crime & Justice:

  • 6 new chapters to account for major updates on research and policy in the field
  • A new chapter on ‘diversion’
  • 6 new chapters to account for major updates on research and policy in the field
  • A new chapter on ‘diversion’

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