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NCJ Number: NCJ 241558     Find in a Library
Title: Thinking and Doing Prevention: A Critical Analysis of Contemporary Youth Crime and Suicide Prevention Discourses
Journal: Child & Youth Services  Volume:33  Issue:2  Dated:April - June 2012  Pages:104 to 126
Author(s): Jennifer White ; Lorinda Stoneman
Date Published: 06/2012
Page Count: 23
Document: HTML 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article traced some of the dominant cultural narratives shaping current understandings of youth crime and suicide.
Abstract: In this article, the authors have traced some of the dominant cultural narratives shaping current understandings of youth crime and suicide. The authors have aimed to show some of the ways that their received understandings of what the problem is and what should be done about it are social constructions that privilege a certain kind of scientific explanation. By starting from the premise that narrow, highly regulated approaches to studying these complex problems are bound to be inadequate the authors have argued that alternative ways of thinking, studying and doing prevention need to be considered. A number of theoretical frameworks, including constructionist, critical, and postmodern paradigms, have been identified as having a useful contribution to make. The authors conclude by recommending ways of thinking and doing prevention that capitalize on young people's wisdom, recognize more collaborative approaches to knowledge-making and community building, and enable multiple forms of critical engagement and resistance as well as engendering practices of hope and solidarity. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.
Main Term(s): Suicide prevention ; Juvenile (Under 18)
Index Term(s): Policy ; Crime prevention measures ; Social control theory ; Risk taking behavior
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