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World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence

Youth and Justice in Western States, 1815-1950

From Punishment to Welfare

Editors: Trépanier, Jean, Rousseaux, Xavier (Eds.)

  • Aims to reflect the lived experience of juveniles in the justice system and confinement institutions across the Western world
  • Examines a range of cultural, social, political and legal experiences that have shaped responses to juvenile delinquents and deviant youths
  • Offers a collection of case studies that assess the history of practices aimed at children and youth in juvenile institutions and before the courts
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This book explores the treatment of junevile offenders in modern Western history. The last few decades have witnessed major debates over youth justice policies. Juvenile and youth justice legislation has been reviewed in a number of countries. Despite the fact that new perspectives, such as restorative justice, have emerged, the debates have largely focused on issues that bring us back to the inception of juvenile justice: namely whether youth justice ought to be more akin to punitive adult criminal justice, or more sensitive to the welfare of youths. This issue has been at the core of policy choices that have given juvenile justice its orientations since the beginning of the twentieth century. It also gave shape to the evolution that paved the way for the creation of juvenile courts in the nineteenth century. Understanding those early debates is essential if we are to understand current debates, and place them into perspective.

Based on primary archival research, this comprehensive study begins by presenting the roots, birth and evolution of juvenile justice, from the nineteenth century up to the beginning of the twenty-first. The second part deals with nineteenth century responses to juvenile delinquency in England and Canada, while the third focuses on the welfare orientation that characterized juvenile courts in the first half of the twentieth century in Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Finally, the fourth part focuses on the perspective of the youths and their families in Belgium, France and Canada.

About the authors

Jean Trépanier is Professor Emeritus in the School of Criminology at the Université de Montréal, Canada. Having previously studied law and criminology at the London School of Economics, UK, and worked in the civil service, including as a juvenile probation officer, he has a strong background in youth justice from both an historical and a contemporary perspective.

Xavier Rousseaux is Research Director at the Belgian Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique, Belgium, and Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain. Working on the history of crime and justice, he is member of the board of Crime, History & Societies, and co-edited Modernisation of the Criminal Justice Chain and the Judicial System (Springer, 2016) and Policing New Risks in Modern European History (Palgrave, 2016).

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Trépanier, Jean (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • The Roots and Development of Juvenile Justice: An International Overview

    Trépanier, Jean

    Pages 17-69

  • The Origins of Informal Juvenile Court Practices and of the Juvenile Reformatory in England, 1815–1855

    King, Peter

    Pages 73-98

  • From Punishment to Reform: Boys in Gaol and Reform Institutions, Montreal, 1853–1921

    Fenchel, François (et al.)

    Pages 99-130

  • “Endangered” Children and the Montreal Ladies’ Benevolent Society Industrial School, 1883–1921

    Harvey, Janice

    Pages 131-160

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-66245-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-66244-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Youth and Justice in Western States, 1815-1950
Book Subtitle
From Punishment to Welfare
Editors
  • Jean Trépanier
  • Xavier Rousseaux
Series Title
World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66245-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66245-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66244-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 433
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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