Introduction

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Part of the World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence book series (WHCCV)

Abstract

This is the introduction to the book. It takes as starting point the emergence of a distinct status for minors occurred in the nineteenth century, through legislation, judicial decisions and practices, and through the establishment of specialised institutions. The text present the goal of the book, that is to reflect the way juveniles were actually treated by the judicial system and by institutions of confinement in some Western countries. The ways in which children have been dealt with by judicial institutions have varied considerably, depending on time and place. The text presents the different contributions to the book, both to identify trends and to understand differences between national experiences.

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Acknowledgements

The editors wish to thank for their financial support the Belgian Science Policy Office through the Interuniversity Attraction Pole 7/22 (Justice & Populations, the Belgian experience in international perspective, 1795–2015), as well as the Social Science Research Council of Canada and the Fonds québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université de MontréalMontrealCanada
  2. 2.FRS-FNRS, Université catholique de LouvainLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium

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