Youth Justice Lecture 2 Historical Construction of
Delinquency and Regulation of Sexuality.
• Participation, Protection, Revision and Care→ as a thread.
• Who might benefit from having an ablest regulation of the family?
• The family is the most important social unit in society. We don't see and think about
how that has huge impacts on the family.
• Leilani Muir
- Forced medicalization/ forced sterilization
- Did not test her but found her “feebleminded”
- process of taking children and giving them care, it takes decision making away from
- it also shifts perspective from is this family being supported in society? Are they
given the capacity to support one another?
- There is this individualization that goes on
- Coercive state intervention, it children and family who don't embody traditional
norms. The intrusion into people’s lives, sets up the notion that there is inequality in
- “delinquency” what does it mean to be delinquent- straying from cultural or societal
norms, outside the normalcy established by someone, delinquent does not mean
anything until meaning is put in it. Does delinquency come from social status?
• “boys will be men, and girls will be mothers”
- gendered application of delinquency
- Child is a relational term (talking about kinship terms), as a legal term what does the
category of child perform?
- The category of children is indeterminate and contingent
- “child” as a cite that is culturally bound, it has with it a set of rules and ideas of
proper roles and behaviours of children
- law begins to codifies who adults and who children are and what they need.
- Also notions of being an adult of being in a middle class, a part of a nuclear family, a
settler, and being financially independent.
- Norms of children: dependent, obedient, innocent, tamed, conforming to gender
norms, unemployed, cared for and not care giving, irrational, unformed, incapable of