Girls’ Journeys to the Juvenile Court, Antwerp, 1912–1933
This chapter presents the findings of a qualitative study of girl criminality in the Belgian city of Antwerp, 1912–1933, and seeks to shed light on the journeys of girls to the Antwerp Juvenile Court. The analysis does not take the court as the starting point, but rather the young female offenders themselves. This makes it possible to combine the study of illegal behaviour (offences and perpetrators) with that of the processes of criminalisation (the social reaction to crime). At the same time, this perspective allows one to learn more about two wider questions: (i) the interactions between informal and formal control systems; and (ii) the tensions between discourses on crime and punishment and practices of lawbreaking and prosecution.