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Chapter 12

CRIM 3657 Chapter 12: CH 12 Conclusions Chapter Recap
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Criminology
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CRIM 3657
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Zachary Levinsky

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Chapter 12: Conclusion Intro : The underlying assumption sit hat problems among youth are a reflection of problems within the community. Main Claims: Constructing Problems and Their Solutions Discourse and Practice : Dicourses concering youth crime contintually circulate but how youth crime is defines and the disrouce thorugh which it is understoof have a powerful consequene for indiviuals, groups and social insitutions. Youth experience the effects most intimately. Along with ways of constriucting offenders and their criminality come policies and processes that govern youth crime through regulation, management and control of criminalized youth. Media discourse is open to change so too are politiclal discourse that justify governance epractices that prioritize punishment over support, harm over healing and offence over offender. Disroucsres related to youth crime and justice are employed and shift in particular social donitions. The social structural conditions that fframe our lives include age race class gender inequality or privledges. Youth Crime = Youth, Crime and Society Youth crime isny just a criminal justice issue but a social and political one as well. Although psychological processes are at work, individualized factors are integral to understanding a young persons dicsions to break the law and are intimately connected to social forces, a part of sociopliticcal context that is much larger than any one indiivudal Thus young persons choice to be involved in crime is a reflection of their own agency and is their own responsibility, but it must be linked to their available alterantive choice. So the problem is both political and theoretical. Youth crime and society must be engaged at the lelvel of ideas and in a material context to the social situations, circumstances and everday lives of youth. Social Justice Praxis Social justivce praxis allows an oprtunity to envision a more humane, respectful and inclusive social system. Social justice praxis Is aimed at addressing systemic conditions of marginalization, exclusion and social inequalities that lead to young perosns involvement to crime. Social justice involves critical reflection and social engamgent such as intervention in the social world. Thinking outside the box involves questioning the assumptions and ideologies we tend to take for granted. The processs of critical engagement must be inclusive for all youth. Only in a culture of sensitivity toward youth, one based on respect and empathy, is a justice for youth possible Ten things to reflect on :
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