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NCJ Number: 172667 Find in a Library
Title: Emergence of the Disciplinary Welfare Sanction in Hong Kong
Journal: Howard Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:36  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1997)  Pages:187-208
Author(s): P Gray
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 22
Type: Historical Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: The author rejects the contention of liberal writers that the historical development of juvenile justice has been a story of continual reform reflecting the struggle between principles of justice, welfare, and punishment, and she presents a revisionist history of the Hong Kong juvenile justice system from a strategic-relational perspective.
Abstract: The juvenile court is conceptualized as an institutional network of power relations, struggling to formulate policies and programs to regulate the behavior of delinquent young people. The author posits that a strategic policy direction evolves out of this struggle, not through the work of any one individual or class, but as part of a wider hegemonic campaign. Her argument is elaborated through a historical account of the emergence of the disciplinary welfare sanction in Hong Kong at the end of the 1970s and its consolidation in the 1980s and 1990s. The disciplinary welfare sanction is discussed in terms of the strategic interests of several social forces apart from hegemonic classes, and the sanction's role in dealing with delinquent young people is examined. The juvenile justice system in Hong Kong is viewed as a site of strategic maneuvering that provides opportunities for the pursuit of both hegemonic class interests and a number of other struggles. 85 references and 44 notes
Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile justice systems
Index Term(s): Foreign courts; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Foreign offenders; History of juvenile justice; Hong Kong; Juvenile courts; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile justice reform; Juvenile offenders; Social conditions
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