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NCJ Number: NCJ 240931     Find in a Library
Title: Negotiated Order: The Groundwork for a Theory of Offending Pathways
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Author(s): Lesley McAra ; Susan McVie
  Journal: Criminology and Criminal Justice  Volume:12  Issue:4  Dated:September 2012  Pages:347 to 375
Date Published: 09/2012
Page Count: 29
  Annotation: This article examines the theory of offending pathways based on the concept of negotiated order.
Abstract: This article explores the role which formal and informal regulatory orders play in the development of offender identity. Drawing on quantitative and qualitative data from the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, it argues that the cultural practices of formal orders (such as those imposed by schools and the police) and informal orders (such as the rules governing peer interactions) mirror each other in respect of their fundamental dynamics – animated primarily by an inclusionary–exclusionary imperative. Formal orders differentiate between categories of young people on the basis of class and suspiciousness. Informal orders differentiate between individuals on the basis of adherence to group norms, territorial sovereignty, and gender appropriate demeanor. Being excluded by either set of orders undermines the capacity of the individual to negotiate, limits autonomy and constrains choice. This renders the individual more likely to absorb identities ascribed to them with damaging consequences in terms of offending behavior and the individual’s sense of self. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Negotiation ; Regulations ; Labeling theory ; Offense characteristics ; United Kingdom
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
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