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Youth offending in transition : The search for social recognition

Barry, M. (2006) Youth offending in transition : The search for social recognition. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-36792-9

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Abstract

Taking a new approach to youth crime, this book argues that the transition from childhood to adulthood can be an isolating and disempowering experience for young people. Children and young people are inherently vulnerable because of their age and status – they are a minority group, with the potential for being exploited, discriminated against, dominated and disrespected by adults. Youth Offending in Transition explores how their treatment by adult society may lead young people to resort to crime as a means of gaining respect from their peers.