Critical Criminology

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 311–314 | Cite as

Alexandra Cox: Trapped in a Vice: The Consequences of Confinement for Young People

Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, NJ, 2018, 234 pp, ISBN: 978-0-8135-7046-4
  • Kaitlyn J. Selman
Book Review

Alexandra Cox’s Trapped in a Vice: The Consequences of Confinement for Young Peopleis a profound piece of scholarship with the potential to rattle the field of youth justice. In the words of the author herself, this book “attempts to convey the harms that can be done when the bad child, rather than the extraordinary and promising child, becomes the center of our interventions” (p. 166). In this multi-site, multi-stage ethnography comprised of interviews with 39 teenagers and more than 100 juvenile facility staff members, as well as observations conducted at juvenile justice sites and the surrounding communities, Cox reveals the texture of young people’s experiences of juvenile justice logics and institutions in New York. Cox illustrates how young people’s routes into the juvenile justice system, aspirations, and social mobility are tied to adult actors’ assessments of their worth, redeemability, and governability. These assessments then shape the ways in which juvenile justice...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyFramingham State UniversityFraminghamUSA

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