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Comparative Youth Justice

Comparative Youth Justice

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Juvenile/Youth Crime

May 2006 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Comparative Youth Justice is the first book to critically reflect on contemporary juvenile justice reform in England and Wales and across various other western jurisdictions including the US, Canada, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, Scotland, Japan, Italy and Finland. In doing so, it identifies major international differences in juvenile policy and practice. However, Contemporary Youth Justice is not simply an attempt to document national similarities and differences, but looks critically at how global trends are translated at the local level. This book also examines how youth justice is implemented in practice with a view to promoting change as well as reflection.

Each chapter addresses key critical issues including the degree of compliance with international law; the extent of repenalistion; adulteration; tolerance; and the impact of experiments in restoration and risk management.

John Muncie and Barry Goldson are leading authorities in this area and have commissioned an impressive list of internationally recognized contributors. The book is essential reading for all those interested in youth justice and comparative criminal justice issues.

This book is designed as a companion volume to Youth Crime and Justice: Critical Issues, edited by Barry Goldson and John Muncie, published simultaneously by SAGE.

Barry Krisberg
Rediscovering the Juvenile Justice Ideal in the United States
Russell Smandych
Repenalisation and Young Offenders' Rights

John Muncie and Barry Goldson
England and Wales
The New Correctionalism

Sophie Gendrot
The Politicisation of Youth Justice

Jolande uit Beijerse and René van Swaaningen
The Netherlands
Penal Welfarism and Risk Management

Trevor Bradley, Juan Tauri and Reece Walters
Demythologising Youth Justice in Aotearoa/New Zealand
Chris Cunneen and Rob White
Control, Containment or Empowerment?

Johan Put and Lode Walgrave
From Protection Towards Accountability?

Lesley McAra
Welfare in Crisis?
Key Developments in Scottish Youth Justice

Mark Fenwick
From Child Protection to Penal Populism

David Nelken
A lesson in Tolerance?

Tapio Lappi-Seppälä
A Model of Tolerance?

John Muncie and Barry Goldson
States of Transition
Convergence and Diversity in International Youth Justice


`Comparative Youth Justice is what we need in an era of hardening social policies and irresponsible political demagoguery: thoughtful critiques, comparative analysis, and a commitment to the rights of youth. John Muncie and Barry Goldson have done a fine job of bringing together a group of commentators who know the inner workings of juvenile justice and what it will take to change the current law and order model. A book that is required reading for practitioners, professors, policy makers, researchers, and students concerned about the bankrupt state of juvenile justice and willing to consider new ideas and directions' - Tony Platt, California State University, Sacramento

Excellent book for comparative justice course.

Dr Stephanie Bush-Baskette
Other, Rutgers University
November 5, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

John Muncie

John Muncie is Emeritus Professor of Criminology at the Open University, UK. He is the author of Youth and Crime (5th edition, Sage, 2021), and he has published widely on issues in comparative youth justice and children’s rights, including the co-edited companion volumes Youth Crime and Justice and Comparative Youth Justice (Sage, 2006). He has produced numerous Open University texts and readers, including Crime: Local and Global (Willan, 2010), Criminal Justice: Local and Global (Willan, 2010), The Problem of Crime (2nd edition, Sage, 2001), Crime Prevention and Community Safety (Sage, 2001) and Imprisonment: European Perspectives ... More About Author

Barry Goldson

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