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Title: Masculinity and Crime: The Implications of a Gender-Conscious Approach To Working With Young Men Involved in Joyriding
Journal: Social Action  Volume:2  Issue:2  Dated:(1994)  Pages:19-26
Author(s): J Henderson
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article written from the perspective of crime in Great Britain discusses the study of masculinity and the contributions it can make to understanding the involvement of many young men, particularly those in the working class, in crime, and specifically joyriding.
Abstract: The new men's studies (TNMS), developed since the mid-1980's, have been widely influenced by feminist thought and have engaged with the issues of power and oppression in developing a theoretical approach toward masculinity. The framework presented here recognizes that masculinity not a fixed concept, but is experienced by individual men as a result of their identity and position in society. The way in which young men, particularly those unemployed or still in school, can be seen as a form of masculinity is specifically related to their identity and youth. This approach explains how working class young men engage in crime as an alternative means of accessing the culture of masculinity and displaying the qualities it promotes in a patriarchal society. Research findings indicate that joyriders are at an extreme end of a continuum of risk-taking, performance-oriented behavior, and display of masculinity. The implications of these findings for a motor project, which has been undertaken in Britain in recent years as a solution to the increase in car crime, are discussed. 49 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Auto related offenses; Criminology; Foreign crime prevention; Gender issues; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Male juvenile delinquents
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