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Sociology 2267A/B
Daphne Heywood

thLecture 2 January 15 Deviant Youth Who are theyChildren now love luxury They have bad manners and contempt for authority They show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in the place of exercise Children today are tyrants They contradict their parents gobble their food and tyrannize their teachersSocrates in the year 400BCoYouth are still very much the same as we are still complaining about them in modern dayDelinquency is generally understood as illegal activity committed by young peopleClaims that young people are prone to acts of delinquency have surfaced from the onslaught of the industrial revolution and they continue to be made with persistent accounts of increasing occurrence in the media claim unsupported by the factsWho are these delinquents and how is delinquency measuredDelinquents were often children or youth deemed unmanageable by their parents and a family court judge Measuring Youth CrimeIs difficult since the most common source of reporting is the mediaSome government agencies such as police courts and correctional institutes contain data but it is generally through media reporting that the public receives information about the alleged extent of youth crimeThe official statistics actually point to a decrease in youth crime since the introduction of YCJA Yet the public suggests that this remains a significant social problemYouth Crime in CanadaAll stats indicate that adults are responsible for considerably more crime including crimes of violence than young peopleHowever young people make up a significant number of offenders The stats suggest that those in their teens and early 20s are more likely to commit certain crimes in greater numbersOne note of caution is that youth court stats only report cases going to court and may not be entirely accurateOne significant finding is that the nature of youth crime is mostly nonviolent Property crimes are most commonWhy does the Media consider Youth so often DeviantCanadians like everyone else are concerned about law and order and public safety The changing status of youth the social construction of youth delinquency has a long history but the modern ideas around youth as a different category emerged with the industrial revolution and the changes brought about through the division of labour
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