Comparative Youth Justice

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John Muncie, Barry Goldson
SAGE, May 15, 2006 - Social Science - 240 pages
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'In this pathbreaking volume Muncie and Goldson bring together leading authors to examine and compare youth justice systems around the world. Comparative Youth Justice will be of interest to all criminologists concerned with comparative penal policy and will be essential to all scholars of youth justice' - Professor Tim Newburn, London School of Economics and Political Science and President of the British Society of Criminology

'Comparative Youth Justice is what we need in an era of hardening social policies and irresponsible political demagoguery: thoughtful critiques, comparative analysis, and a commitment to the rights of youth. John Muncie and Barry Goldson have done a fine job of bringing together a group of commentators who know the inner workings of juvenile justice and what it will take to change the current law and order model. A book that is required reading for practitioners, professors, policy makers, researchers, and students concerned about the bankrupt state of juvenile justice and willing to consider new ideas and directions' - Tony Platt, California State University, Sacramento

With contributions from leading commentators from 13 different countries, this carefully integrated edited collection comprises the most authoritive comparative analysis of international youth justice currently available.

However, Comparative Youth Justice is not simply an attempt to document national similarities and differences, but looks critically at how global trends are translated at the local level. This book also examines how youth justice is implemented in practice with a view to promoting change as well as reflection.

Each chapter addresses key critical issues:

- the degree of compliance with international law;

- the extent of repenalistion;

- adulteration;

- tolerance;

- the impact of experiments in restoration and risk management.

This book is designed as a companion volume to Youth Crime and Justice, edited by Barry Goldson and John Muncie, published simultaneously by SAGE Publications.

'This is a brilliant set of edited volumes that will be an indispensable and timely source of information and analysis for anyone with an interest in issues of youth justice and comparative criminology.'

David A. Green, Oxford University

 

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Contents

Editors Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Redscovering the Juvenile Justice Ideal in the United States
6
Repenalization and Young Offenders Rights
19
The New Correctionalism
34
The Politicization of Youth Justice
48
Penalwelfarism and Risk Management
65
Chapter 6 Demythologising Youth Justice in AotearoaNew Zealand
79
Control Containment or Empowerment?
96
From Protection Towards Accountability?
111
Chapter 9 Welfare in Crisis? Key Developments in Scottish Youth Justice
127
From Child Protection to Penal Populism
146
A lesson in tolerance?
159
A Model of Tolerance?
177
Convergence and Diversity in International Youth Justice
196
Index
219
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About the author (2006)

John Muncie is Emeritus Professor of Criminology at the Open University, UK. He is the author of Youth and Crime (4th edition, Sage, 2014), and he has published widely on issues in comparative youth justice and children’s rights, including the co-edited companion volumes Youth Crime and Justice and Comparative Youth Justice (Sage, 2006). He has produced numerous Open University texts and readers, including Crime: Local and Global (Willan, 2010), Criminal Justice: Local and Global (Willan, 2010), The Problem of Crime (2nd edition, Sage, 2001), Crime Prevention and Community Safety (Sage, 2001) and Imprisonment: European Perspectives (Harvester, 1991). He has also contributed nine volumes to the The Sage Library of Criminology (Sage, 2007–2009). He is co-editor of the Sage journal Youth Justice: An International Journal.

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