Social Class, Youth Crime and Youth Justice

B Goldson and J Muncie (eds.) Youth, Crime and Justice (2nd Edn). London: Sage, pp. 17-30

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2015-59

19 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2015 Last revised: 17 Sep 2015

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Rob White

University of Tasmania

Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney; University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences; James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

This chapter discusses the central place of class in understanding the reasons for the marginalisation and criminalisation of substantial sections of the youth population in the 'advanced' industrialised countries. Given the prevalence of neo-liberal ideologies, the huge changes taking place in basic class relationships due to globalisation, and the impoverishment of growing numbers of young people associated with these changes, it is important to understand the structural impacts of social inequality. A substantial part of the chapter, therefore, considers the making of an 'underclass', its key features and the response of the state to the growth in such 'surplus populations'. Youth justice systems have a major role to play in these social processes.

Keywords: Youth crime, Youth Justice, Social Class

Suggested Citation

White, Rob and Cunneen, Chris, Social Class, Youth Crime and Youth Justice (2015). B Goldson and J Muncie (eds.) Youth, Crime and Justice (2nd Edn). London: Sage, pp. 17-30; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2015-59. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2657312

Rob White

University of Tasmania ( email )

French Street
Sandy Bay
Tasmania, 7250
Australia

Chris Cunneen (Contact Author)

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

PO Box 6811
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

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