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NCJ Number: 152358 Find in a Library
Title: Understand and Punish: The Culture of Juvenile Transgressions in the Context of a Welfare State
Author(s): J Kivivuori
Corporate Author: National Research Institute of Legal Policy
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 286
Sponsoring Agency: National Research Institute of Legal Policy
Helsinki , FI-00531
Scandinavian Research Council for Criminology
104 05 Stockholm, Sweden
Publication Number: ISBN 951-704-164-0
Sale Source: National Research Institute of Legal Policy
POB 444
Pitkansillanranta 3 A
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: Finland
Annotation: This study describes the meanings that guide juveniles to delinquent acts and assesses the extent to which adult controller meanings and self-reported juvenile offender meanings have a common cultural context.
Abstract: One chapter explains the theoretical frame of reference used in the bulk of the study. It addresses an ethnographic tradition whose philosophical background is embedded, both analytically and from the perspective of the history of ideas, in the linguistic controversy or the social argument. This is followed by a chapter that examines how the juveniles studied explain the origins of their self-reported delinquent acts. Self-reported meanings were studied by interviewing juveniles and by collecting 207 essays by Helsinki juveniles in three schools on the subject, "When I/We Committed a Crime." In the next chapter, the same essays are content-analyzed to determine how the juveniles "neutralize" or rationalize their offenses and transgressions. In another chapter, the author examines the manner or style in which, and the extent to which, teachers understand pupil transgressions. This is followed by a chapter that addresses the possibility that the modern cultural custodians have become accomplices in the cultural formation of juvenile transgressions, in that they influence the meanings that juveniles attach to their transgressions. The final chapter concludes the argument by claiming that a new, relaxed, but internally contradictory control culture is intimately connected with more comprehensive trends in the constitution of increasingly consumerist Western societies. A 216-item bibliography and chapter tables and notes
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Criminology; Cultural influences; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Juvenile delinquency factors; Social conditions; Socialism
Note: National Research Institute of Legal Policy, Publication No. 25
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