Juvenile Delinquency Across Europe: Empirical and Comparative Perspectives

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Seminar 52 (Juridicum)
RC29 Deviance and Social Control (host committee)

Language: English

The cultural and structural contexts of many Middle European countries in which youth crime and juvenile delinquency take shape changed massively during the last decades. 
The session looks at the Middle European scene and intends to understand the youth and crime nexus in recent empirical and theoretical work on different levels of analysis. In the last 25 years a huge amount of data has been produced. Three waves of self-report studies on juvenile delinquency (ISRD) in several countries produced data which allows for developing new approaches in theory testing and cross-sectional as well as longitudinal comparative analysis.
Complementing these quantitative work, qualitative studies that developed, for example, in the context of cultural or developmental criminology, addressed the role of emotions, biography and identity. Many approaches use the theoretical framework of control theory. Cultural criminology emphasizes the role of stigma and identity. But there is also the dimension of opportunity that changed dramatically by the introduction of smartphones and social media. 
Finally, during the last decade a range of measures for preventing juvenile delinquency was developed, e.g. restorative justice or strength-based programs. Contributions that contextualize and evaluate these initiatives and analyze their theoretical and empirical underpinnings are also welcome.
Session Organizer:
Christopher SCHLEMBACH, University of Vienna, Austria
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Silvia STAUBLI, University of Fribourg, Switzerland; Janne KIVIVUORI, University of Helsinki, Finland
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Hlin KRISTBERGSDOTTIR, University of Iceland, Iceland; Jon Gunnar BERNBURG, University of Iceland, Iceland
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Christopher SCHLEMBACH, University of Vienna, Austria