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ERIC Number: EJ831931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3116
Becoming Criminal: The Cultural Politics of Risk
Armstrong, Derrick
International Journal of Inclusive Education, v10 n2-3 p265-278 Mar 2006
At the same time as youth crime in the UK is falling, there has been an increase in the numbers of young people in custody together with an explosion of social policy initiatives aimed at young people deemed to be "at risk" of becoming criminal and focused upon the prevention of future offending and inclusion in mainstream society. This paper explores the ideology of preventative programmes with at-risk youth built upon a "taken-for-granted" notion of inclusion. It is argued that attempts to build such policies on the identification of risk factors associated with future offending have the consequences of stigmatizing already marginalized groups and of imposing mechanisms of governmentality upon these groups. It is further argued that genuine policies of "inclusion" must engage with young people based upon democratic principles of participation and commitment to them as citizens.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom