The Police and Young People in Australia

The Police and Young People in Australia

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The relationship between the police and young people in Australia is a topic of growing concern in Australian society. While people are concerned about juvenile crime, worries have also been expressed about police harassment and violence directed at young people. This book, first published in 1994, provides a sustained analysis of police-youth relations, offering new insights into how young people are policed. Some specific areas addressed include: the legal framework of police-youth interaction in Australia; the rights of young people; the policing of Aboriginal youth; the relationship between the police and young women; and ethnic and community policing, and likely future directions in policy. Written by a team of the leading people in the field this book makes an important contribution to debate on a critical issue. The Police and Young People in Australia shows the implications that contemporary police methods and practices have on the exercise of basic legal rights in Australian society.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15mm | 390g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521435749
  • 9780521435741

Table of contents

Tables and figures; Introduction Rob White and Christine Alder; 1. Larrikins, delinquents and cops: police and young people in Australian history Mark Finnane; 2. The legal framework of juvenile justice Kate Warner; 3. Cautions and appearances: statistics about youth and police David Tait; 4. Young people and their rights Ian O'Connor; 5. Street life: police practices and youth behaviour Rob White; 6. Enforcing genocide? Aboriginal young people and the police Chris Cunneen; 7. The policing of young women Christine Alder; 8. Policing youth in 'ethnic' communities: is community policing the answer? Janet Chan; 9. Contemporary programs with young people: beyond traditional law enforcement? Stephen P. James; 10. Reform and change: an agenda for the 1990s Stephen Hall; Index.
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Review quote

"Edited books, if they are to attain coherence, need to integrate or reconcile the multiple perspectives and interests of contributing authors and editors. This book does this marvelously well." The Criminologist "The contributors reflect cross-cultural understandings and insights into organizational, structural, social policy, and practice aspects of the police. Overall, the book provides a comprehensive analysis of contemporary policing, widely applicable elsewhere." Garry Coventry, Contemporary Sociology "Overall, this is a well-organized and useful collection which should be of interest to anyone working in the youth justice area at the level of research and policy development. ...the editors and contributing authors should be congratulated for having made an important contribution to a distinctly Australian criminology." Pacific Affairs
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