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Youth and Crime

Youth and Crime

5th Edition

March 2021 | 576 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The most comprehensive and authoritative textbook on youth crime and youth justice.

Extensively updated to reflect changes in the youth justice system and contemporary debates around youth crime, this fifth edition of Youth and Crime:

  • Includes new chapters on developmental and life course theories, and punitive justice strategies.
  • Has been significantly expanded with new sections on the politicisation of youth crime, knife crime and gangs, child refugees, climate justice, child-on-child homicide, and localised criminal exploitation.
  • Features increased coverage of policing strategies, including sections on policing public space and rethinking youth justice.

Complete with a new two colour design, chapter outlines, summary boxes, study questions, further reading lists, useful website lists, and a glossary, this textbook expertly guides students through their studies in youth and crime.

Chapter 1: Images of Youth and Crime
Chapter 2: Histories of Youth and Crime
Chapter 3: Explaining Youth Crime I: Positivist Criminologies
Chapter 4: Explaining Youth Crime II: Developmental and Life Course Theories
Chapter 5: Explaining Youth Crime III: Radical and Realist Criminologies
Chapter 6: Youth Victimology
Chapter 7: Youth Cultures, Cultural Studies and Cultural Criminology
Chapter 8: Youth and Social Policy: Control, Regulation and Governance
Chapter 9: Youth Justice Strategies I: Welfare and Justice
Chapter 10: Youth Justice Strategies II: Policing, Prevention and Risk Management
Chapter 11: Youth Justice Strategies III: Custody, Punishment and Rights
Chapter 12: Comparative and International Youth Justice

This textbook is a 'must have' for any course which examines the developments around young people and crime. It is a helpful and insightful read which supports student learning and critical understanding of the key theories, issues, debates and controversies in this area of study. It is written in an engaging way which, along with the helpful summary boxes and study questions, means that it is an accessible companion text for students on a large variety of criminology, sociology and youth focused modules. This new edition makes important links to more recent literature on developments in this field of study, meaning that this textbook remains a key book for anyone studying or teaching in this area.

Andrew Wooff
Associate Professor of Criminology at Edinburgh Napier University

Long-established as the most authoritative text on young people, crime and criminal justice, the new edition of John Muncie’s Youth and Crime is everything we have come to expect. Historically-informed, theoretically-engaged, full of empirical detail, and with a scholar’s critical eye for the placing major developments within their wider political, social and economic context. And all delivered in a style which neither simplifies nor over-complicates. No other book on the subject comes close.

Tim Newburn
Professor at London School of Economics

The 5th edition of John Muncie's Youth and Crime is an important resource for lecturers, students, as well as criminal justice practitioners. The legacy of John Muncie’s work is underpinned by a text that is accessible, informative, and more importantly, relevant for exploring and examining the complex and messy nature of youth crime. In this expanded edition, there are welcome new additions giving the overall feel of the text a fresh appeal, whilst at the same responding to the shifting nature of ‘youth crime’ internationally. John Muncie has proven yet again, that positioned texts such as the 5th edition of Youth and Crime is a key driver that dovetails itself within the understanding of the wider criminal justice system.

Dr Martin Glynn
Birmingham City University

John Muncie’s Youth and Crime is an excellent and comprehensive analysis of youth justice. The fifth edition is updated and expanded with a new dedicated section on policing and risk management. This is a theoretically sophisticated and empirically grounded book. It confronts essential issues so often missing in books on youth justice including (to name only a few examples), climate justice, global justice, comparative youth justice, child slavery, trafficking and refugees. This is a cutting-edge work for students, academics and practitioners alike. Chris Cunneen, University of Technology Sydney.

Chris Cunneen
Professor of Criminology, University of Technology Sydney

This edition of Youth and Crime includes new material and takes the depth and scope of key debates about the shape and direction of youth justice still further. The book is a tour de force in terms of its coverage of patterns of crime committed by young people, responses to youth crime, theories regarding youth crime, and policy and practice developments both nationally and comparatively, drawing on international developments to highlight some of the fault-lines within conceptions of ‘the youth crime problem’ within the UK and to introduce new visions. Above all, the book prompts critical scrutiny of assumptions and governmental actions. Informed by the latest research in the field, this is an authoritative and accessible book; it is a fantastic teaching and learning resource.

Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe
Director, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

This new edition reaffirms the book’s position as the go-to-text for a critical understanding of all aspects of youth and crime. Professor Muncie covers many perspectives – criminological, cultural, historical, political, and sociological, in an accessible style and comprehensive manner. The extended/new sections on developmental and life course theories, and policing, prevention and risk management, along with other key updates, ensure it remains an essential resource for anyone interested in this important sphere of criminology.

Dr Annette Robertson
Glasgow Caledonian University

 John Muncie’s text reasserts the core contradictions at the heart of the interconnected issues of youth and crime and does so in an engaging and accessible way. This well-constructed and thoughtful book continues to be the leading text for students, researchers and academics’ alike studying this complex area. This new edition succeeds in the difficult task of improving an already exceptional textbook.

Dr Rachel Vipond
University of York

John Muncie is a leading international researcher in the related fields of youth criminology and youth justice studies and Youth and Crime goes a long way towards setting the agenda. The unique balance between authoritative scholarship and accessibility makes the book a vital resource for researcher, teacher and student alike. In fact, it is almost impossible to imagine engaging with the study of young people, crime and criminalisation without reading Muncie’s remarkable text.

Professor Barry Goldson, The University of Liverpool

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

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