Exploratory and Drift Vandalism
In this chapter we consider what we have chosen to term the ‘exploratory’ and the ‘drift’ vandalisms perpetrated by both children and adolescents respectively. In beginning to classify and label vandalism, we must acknowledge the original typology which the late Stan Cohen (1973) developed over four decades ago. One of his typologies was ‘play vandalism’, which is carried out by children and characterised by an apparent lack of overt malice. It is our contention that much vandalism is committed by children in the spirit of mere curiosity and in the spirit of discovery; hence, our term exploratory vandalism. In terms of this conceptualisation, property damage may be incidental rather than intentional.
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