Youth and Crime

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SAGE Publications Ltd, Mar 18, 2009 - Social Science - 488 pages
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'In Youth and Crime, John Muncie accomplishes the extraordinarily difficult feat of covering a huge territory, introducing his subject matter in an accessible form, and yet offering original analysis and insight. This is a wonderfully accomplished textbook which leaves its rivals standing. The Third Edition is everything we have come to expect of its predecessors but with the added bonus that it is completely up to date and has new material on youth victimology and comparative youth justice. An absolute must for all students and teachers in the areas of youth, crime and justice' - Professor Tim Newburn, London School of Economics and Political Science

'Youth and Crime is, without question, the key text in its field. Its breadth of coverage and depth of analysis are truly remarkable. Muncie constantly pushes the boundaries and, by including a substantial volume of new material, his Third Edition effectively sets the agenda and defines the future direction for youth justice studies. It is a "must-have" book' - Professor Barry Goldson, University of Liverpool

'With his unique and authoritative voice, Muncie draws together a wide range of new political developments and cutting-edge criminological and sociological theory and research to expand his original object of inquiry in this brilliant new edition' - Jo Phoenix, Reader, Durham University

The Third Edition of this definitive, bestselling text offers the most comprehensive and authoritative overview of youth and crime available.

Youth crime and justice are constantly in the news and the subject of ongoing legislative action. This new edition keeps the reader up to date on a wide range of contemporary debates and covers all the essentials required in studying the topic of youth and crime at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Two new chapters on youth victimology and comparative and international youth justice have been added to provide critical analysis of issues such as institutional abuse, child trafficking, international children's rights and transnational policy transfer. The book also includes new material on:

" antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs)

" gangs

" gun and knife crime

" early intervention initiatives

" the respect agenda

" restorative justice

" child imprisonment.

The book offers numerous tools to enhance the learning process, including chapter outlines, summary boxes, key terms, study questions, further reading lists, a glossary and guidance on Web resources.


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1 Youth Crime
2 Histories of Youth and Crime
Positivist Criminologies
Radical and Realist Criminologies
5 Youth Victimology
6 Youth Cultures Cultural Studies and Cultural Criminology
Control Regulation and Governance
Welfare and Justice
Prevention and Punishment
10 Comparative and International Youth Justice
Glossary of Key Terms

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About the author (2009)

John Muncie is Professor of Criminology at the Open University. He has published extensively on youth culture, youth justice and criminological theory.

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