Young People and Social Control

Problems and Prospects from the Margins

  • Ross Deuchar
  • Kalwant Bhopal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Ross Deuchar, Kalwant Bhopal
    Pages 1-8
  3. Problems from the Margins: Young People, Social Control and Injustice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Ross Deuchar, Kalwant Bhopal
      Pages 29-49
    3. Ross Deuchar, Kalwant Bhopal
      Pages 51-72
    4. Ross Deuchar, Kalwant Bhopal
      Pages 99-123
  4. Prospects from the Margins: Border-crossing, Assets Generation and Emancipatory Practice

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 179-183

About this book


This book explores young people’s experiences of social control and the state, especially those living at the margins of society within the UK. In particular, the book focuses on disadvantaged young people’s experiences in education, in the labour market, with police and within the criminal justice system. It draws upon insights gathered by the authors in Scotland and England via in-depth interviews with, and observation of, young people in multiple settings and the barriers they come across in terms of justice, equity and inclusion. 

Deuchar and Bhopal present a range of creative and engaging case studies that illustrate where barriers have been broken down between young people and the agents of social control and elucidate upon how a sense of justice and inclusion has emerged. With its wide-ranging, multi-perspective approach, this study will be essential reading for scholars and students of sociology, criminology and youth studies, as well as holding appeal for policy-makers and practitioners.


Wacquant England Scotland Ethnic Minority Youth Social Deprivation Education Prison Class Criminology Criminal Justice System Incarceration Prison Social Justice Welfare state Equity Baumann Foucault

Authors and affiliations

  • Ross Deuchar
    • 1
  • Kalwant Bhopal
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of the West of ScotlandKA8 0SXUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of EducationUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUnited Kingdom

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