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Youth crime and preventive policing in post-war Scotland (c.1945-71)

Bartie, A. and Jackson, Louise A. (2010) Youth crime and preventive policing in post-war Scotland (c.1945-71). Twentieth Century British History, 22 (1). pp. 79-102. ISSN 0955-2359

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Abstract

This article explores debates concerning the methods and styles used by the police service in its dealings with children and young people in post-war Scotland (in comparison with England). Study of the implementation of Police Juvenile Liaison Schemes is used to consider shifting points of tension as well as cooperation between the police and other occupational groups engaged in work at the nexus of youth justice-welfare. Whilst often characterized as contradictory tendencies, the article demonstrates that a social welfare ethic and a criminal justice ethic were coexistent within the rhetoric and practice of policing, but that they operated in a state of flux. It also argues that styles of policing were subject to change, particularly as the use of discretionary and informal methods was increasingly challenged, as physical violence was increasingly seen as an outmoded recourse for the institutions of criminal justice, and as the policing of youth was increasingly politicized. The post-war period can be characterized in terms of greater levels of public scrutiny, the formalization of processes previously undertaken through informal or semi-formal mechanisms, and attempts (not always successful) to systematize procedures nationally in terms of the Scottish state.

Item type: Article
ID code: 27569
Keywords: youth crime, juvenile crime, police, modern history, scotland, Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform , Criminal justice administration, Scotland, Great Britain, History
Subjects: Social Sciences > Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Criminal justice administration
History General and Old World > Great Britain > Scotland
History General and Old World > Great Britain
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > History
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Depositing user: Dr Angela Bartie
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2010 10:21
Last modified: 13 Jun 2014 05:05
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/27569

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