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    Punishment, Youth Justice and Cultural Contingency: Towards a Balanced Approach

    Hamilton, Claire and Fitzgibbon, Wendy and Carr, Nicola (2016) Punishment, Youth Justice and Cultural Contingency: Towards a Balanced Approach. Youth Justice, 16 (3). pp. 226-245. ISSN 1473-2254

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    Reflecting developments in the broader penological realm, accounts have been advanced over the last number of decades about a ‘punitive turn’ in the youth justice systems of Western democracies. Against the background of this work, this project seeks to identify convergent and divergent trends in the youth justice systems of England, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as well as the rationalities and discourses animating these. The results lend support to research emphasising the continued salience of national, regional and local factors on penal outcomes but also suggest the need to steer an analytical path somewhere between nomothetic (convergent) and idiographic (divergent) accounts.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the preprint version of the published article, which is available at
    Keywords: Punishment; Youth Justice; Cultural Contingency; England; Republic of Ireland; Northern Ireland; ‘punitive turn’; comparative youth justice; convergence; divergence;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 8919
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    Depositing User: Claire Hamilton
    Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2017 15:46
    Journal or Publication Title: Youth Justice
    Publisher: Sage Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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