2nd Edition

Young People, Crime and Justice

By Roger Hopkins Burke Copyright 2016
    390 Pages
    by Routledge

    390 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    1. Introduction: The Problem of Youth Crime, Part I: Young People, Criminality and Criminal Justice, 2. Children, Young People and Modernity, 3. From Justice to Welfare and its Malcontents, 4. Youth Justice and the New Conservatism, 5. New Labour and the Youth Justice System, 6. Theorising the Development of Youth Justice. Part II: Explaining Offending Behaviour by the Children and Young People, 7. Youth Offending as Rational Behaviour, 8. Biological Explanations of Youth Offending, 9. Psychological Explanations of Youth Offending, 10. Sociological Explanations of Youth Offending, Part III: The Contemporary Youth Justice System and its Critics, 11. The Coalition, the Big Society and Youth Justice Policy, 12. The Contemporary Youth Justice System, 13. Effective Youth Justice in Practice. Part IV: Alternative Youth Justice Systems and the Contemporary World, 14. Youth Justice in Wider Context, 15. Comparative Youth Justice, 16. Conclusions – the future of youth justice.


    Roger Hopkins Burke is Principal Lecturer in Criminology and Criminology Subject Leader in the Division of Sociology at Nottingham Trent University.

    "An accessible, comprehensive text providing an up-to-date account of key issues in youth crime. A key strength is the reflective nature of the book which will engage the reader in understanding the complex study of young people, crime and justice."

    Dr Daniel Marshall, Lecturer in Criminology, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

    "This extended second edition of Young People, Crime and Justice brings the well-received first edition right up to date contextually, procedurally, politically and theoretically. Through his logical and comprehensive approach Roger Hopkins-Burke brings clarity to the messy and contested areas of youth crime and justice without sacrificing detail. The author’s logical approach, practical summaries and review questions ensures it will become standard issue to students of youth justice."

    Dr Jo Deakin, Lecturer in Criminal Justice, University of Manchester, UK