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A Return to Social Justice

Youth Justice, Ideology and Philosophy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jessica Urwin
    Pages 1-27
  3. Jessica Urwin
    Pages 29-54
  4. Jessica Urwin
    Pages 55-82
  5. Jessica Urwin
    Pages 83-114
  6. Jessica Urwin
    Pages 115-138
  7. Jessica Urwin
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  8. Jessica Urwin
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  9. Jessica Urwin
    Pages 201-218
  10. Jessica Urwin
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 223-226

About this book


Youth justice has always focused on criminal justice but this work argues that taking a social justice approach is the best way to reduce youth crime. Drawing on philosophy, new research, and practitioners’ views, a new organizational structure and approach is developed. Urwin outlines the philosophical and historical background of youth justice and clarifies how this has led to problems within current practice. Prominent debates within the field are also explored in depth, such as care vs. control, and the issue of professional identity. Ultimately, all of these factors are considered in relation to the organizational structure of youth justice, and this bold and engaging study highlights the need for a more principled approach to practice. Timely and authoritative, this book is will be of great interest to youth justice practitioners, academics, students, and those who would like to apply social justice to social institutions.


young offenders community policy social work identity welfarism responsibilisation neo-correctionism desistance criminal justice Rawls Weltanschaaung service pathways managerialism Foucault custodial settings Youth justice workers

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Applied Social SciencesDe Montfort UniversityLeicesterUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Jessica Urwin is a researcher and lecturer at De Montfort University in Leicester. With an interest in philosophy, organizational structures, and social justice, she has carried out work relating to youth justice for several years. This book is based upon her doctoral research which was funded by the ESRC.

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