Youth Justice - a Mirror of Social Justice? Young People at the Edge of the Law in Times of Inequality

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Hörsaal BIG 2 (Main Building)
RC34 Sociology of Youth (host committee)

Language: English

With the limelight being cast on the resurgence of protests around the globe, many of them driven by young people, seismic shifts in how young people are treated by justice systems have yet to seek similar attention by policy, research and media.
This roundtable offers a space for critical discussions of contemporary findings that document and interrogate these shifts in youth justice systems and the politics driving them. The session welcomes inputs and examples of drivers and impacts of these shifts, including the criminalisation of young people, the lowering of the minimum age of criminal responsibility, and the absence or push back of justice frameworks for adolescents. 
Initially, researchers are invited to present their findings in Pecha-Kucha-Format (20 images are shown, each for 20 seconds, and presenters speak alongside the images), and be supported by the session organisers to adjust their presentation to the format successfully. Following these introductions, the session will offer a roundtable, seeking to contextualise the changes in youth justice systems, politics and ideologies and exploring how these relate to discourses on intergenerational inequality, social injustice, and what they imply for the framing of youth policy, youth development and youth research.
Session Organizers:
Andreas KARSTEN, Youth Policy Labs, Germany, Maurice DEVLIN, Maynooth University, Ireland, Ireland and Howard WILLIAMSON, University of South Wales, United Kingdom


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