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NCJ Number: 211094 Find in a Library
Title: Computer Hacking: Just Another Case of Juvenile Delinquency?
Journal: Howard Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:44  Issue:4  Dated:September 2005  Pages:387-399
Author(s): Majid Yar
Date Published: September 2005
Page Count: 13
Publisher: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/hojo 
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article explored the ways in which public discussions of computer hacking attempt to explain the disproportionate involvement of young people in this type of computer crime.
Abstract: Society has long been fascinated with the criminality of young people and, indeed, politicians, media, and academic researchers have often blamed the criminality of young people on many of society’s ills. The current analysis focuses on how non-criminological discussions of youth and crime create the perception that youth involvement in crime is due to adolescent personality and development, as well as inter-generational conflict, familial dysfunction, and adolescent subcultural association. The author reviews the motivations of hackers, from the perspective of hackers as well as “outsiders” and illustrates how young hackers themselves invest in the notion of a chasm between society and its youth. The analysis also focuses on how computer hacking has been linked to drug abuse and other types of criminality, as well as on how gendered explanations involving perceptions of masculinity have emerged to understand young computer hackers. These lines of public discourse demonstrate a striking homology between non-criminological and criminological explanations of youth crime and young hackers. As public policy moves forward on the issue of computer crime, decisionmakers would be remiss not to begin a dialog between criminologists and other youth crime analysts. Note, references
Main Term(s): Criminology; Juvenile delinquency
Index Term(s): Youth development; Youthful offenders
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