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Title: Examining the role of criminal networks in causing children to develop longer and more serious crime trajectories "Greentown" - a case study
Author: Redmond, Sean
ISNI:       0000 0004 5368 8582
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2015
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A large body of research exists in relation to youth crime. However less is known about the contexts of children engaged in serious offending behaviour and participating in criminal networks. This study, adopting a case study design, examines the behaviour of a criminal network operating in Greentown in 2010-2011 . Greentown is a pseudonym for a Garda SUb-District in Ireland, located outside Dublin. A network map was constructed for the study by Garda analysts using police incident data to position individuals on the map who had been involved in either burglary or drugs for sale and supply in Greentown in 2010-2011. Importantly this map indicated relationships where two or more individuals were detected for the same offence. The map was used as a reference tool to interview Greentown Garda about the activities and contexts of the individuals identified. A technique called Battleships was designed to give the researcher access to case related data, producing authentic narrative, while protecting the identities of the individuals involved. The study finds that there was plausible evidence to suggest a network effect for certain children in Greentown in 2010-2011. The study also identifies potential applications for the methods used to progress further research in this area.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Gov.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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