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Title: Who are these youths? Language in the service of policy
Authors: Piper, CD
Keywords: Youth offending;Constructions of children;Anti-social behaviour
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Sage Publications
Citation: Youth Justice (2001) Vol 1(2) pp 30-39
Abstract: In the 1990s policy relating to children and young people who offend developed as a result of the interplay of political imperatives and populist demands. The ‘responsibilisation’ of young offenders and the ‘no excuses’ culture of youth justice have been ‘marketed’ through a discourse which evidences linguistic changes. This article focuses on one particular area of policy change, that relating to the prosecutorial decision, to show how particular images of children were both reflected and constructed through a changing selection of words to describe the non-adult suspect and offender. In such minutiae of discourse can be found not only the signifiers of public attitudinal and policy change but also the means by which undesirable policy developments can be challenged.
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Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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