© 2001

The New Politics of Youth Crime

Discipline or Solidarity?

  • Editors
  • Jo Campling

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. John Pitts
    Pages 1-12
  3. John Pitts
    Pages 13-36
  4. John Pitts
    Pages 37-64
  5. John Pitts
    Pages 65-76
  6. John Pitts
    Pages 77-100
  7. John Pitts
    Pages 101-130
  8. John Pitts
    Pages 131-159
  9. John Pitts
    Pages 160-200
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 201-218

About this book


The New Politics of Youth Crime argues that the centrality of 'law and order' to the New Labour project has generated a youth justice strategy which threatens to deepen the problems it purports to solve. Analysing the profound changes in UK youth crime in the 1980s, this book posits the French Social Prevention Initiative of the 1980s as an alternative model for a genuinely 'joined-up', social democratic response to the increasingly complex problem of youth crime in Europe.


complex complex problem crime development Europe French politics prevention solidarity state strategy youth

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The University of LutonUK

About the authors

JOHN PITTS is Vauxhall Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Luton. His publications include The Politics of Juvenile Crime (1988), Working with Young Offenders (1999), Developing Services for Young People in Crisis (1991), Preventing School Bullying (1995) and Positive Residential Practice: Learning the Lessons of the 1990s. John Pitts is chair of the board of Social Work in Europe, contributes the Youth Crime and Youth Justice section to the journal Research Matters and is a board member of the UNESCO journal Juvenile Justice Worldwide.

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