In the minds of the general public, young people and crime are intrinsically linked; wide-spread belief persists that such activities are a result of the ‘permissive 1960s’ and the changing face of the traditional nuclear family. Roger Hopkins Burke challenges these preconceptions and offers a detailed and comprehensive introduction to youth crime and the subsequent response from the criminal justice system. This extended and fully updated new edition explores:

  • The development of young people and attempts to educate, discipline, control and construct them,
  • Criminological explanations and empirical evidence of why young people become involved in criminality,
  • The system established by the Youth Justice Board, its theoretical foundations, and the extent of its success,
  • Alternative approaches to youth justice around the globe and the apparent homogenisation throughout the neoliberal world.

The second edition also includes new chapters looking at youth justice in the wider context of social policy and comparative youth justice.

Young People, Crime and Justice is the perfect undergraduate critical introduction to the youth justice system, following a unique left-realist perspective while providing a balanced account of the critical criminology agenda, locating the practical working of the system in the critical socio-economic context. It is essential reading for students taking modules on youth crime, youth justice and contemporary social and criminal justice policy. Text features include key points, chapter summaries and review questions.

chapter 1|20 pages

Introduction: the problem of youth crime

part |2 pages

PART I Young people, criminality and criminal justice

chapter 2|22 pages

Children, young people and modernity

chapter 4|19 pages

Youth justice and the new conservatism

chapter 5|25 pages

New Labour and the Youth Justice Board

part |2 pages

PART II Explaining offending behaviour by children and young people

chapter 7|12 pages

Youth offending as rational behaviour

chapter 8|15 pages

Biological explanations of youth crime

chapter 9|14 pages

Psychological explanations of youth crime

chapter 10|27 pages

Sociological explanations of youth crime

part |2 pages

PART III The contemporary youth justice system and its critics

chapter 12|15 pages

The contemporary youth justice system

chapter 13|30 pages

Effective youth justice in practice

part |2 pages

PART IV Alternative youth justice systems and the contemporary world

chapter 14|24 pages

Youth justice in wider context

chapter 15|22 pages

Comparative youth justice

chapter 16|18 pages

Conclusions: the future of youth justice