Understanding adolescent offending

Lynch, Mark, 1955- (2002). Understanding adolescent offending PhD Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

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Author Lynch, Mark, 1955-
Thesis Title Understanding adolescent offending
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2002
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Western, J.
Total pages 358
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subjects L
370199 Sociology not elsewhere classified
750504 Law enforcement
Formatted abstract
This thesis outlines a model of adolescent socialisation processes with a focus upon factors associated with juvenile criminality. The thesis argues that juvenile offending can be understood as comprising three distinct 'types' of criminality - offending deriving (primarily) from structural factors, offending deriving from both structural factors and exercises of agency, and offending deriving from (primarily) agency based factors coupled with an increased sense of self-identity in terms of 'adulthood'

The model presented in this thesis is based upon a concept termed 'system-knowledge' This concept shares important features with the structuration concept developed by Giddens and the habitus concept developed by Bourdieu. Both these theorists are discussed in considerable detail in the course of elaborating the nature and implications of the system-knowledge concept.

The thesis draws upon both qualitative and quantitative data from the Queensland 'Sibling Study' of self-reported adolescent offending in order to test the model of adolescent socialisation being advanced. The analyses undertaken provide support for the suggested model although this support is 'persuasive' rather than "conclusive'

The thesis concludes with a discussion of how the system-knowledge concept might be taken into consideration with respect to pre-sentence reports prepared by the Department of Families for consideration by the court during sentence determinations.
Keyword Juvenile delinquents

Document type: Thesis
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