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Title: Negotiating youth deviance and parenting : exploring the effects of social class in professional interactions
Author: Arnez, Jasmina
ISNI:       0000 0004 8507 0429
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2019
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Recently, socially decontextualised understandings of youth crime as triggered by individual and familial risk factors have anchored themselves in criminological theory and the UK's youth justice practice. At the same time, research has exposed classed selection effects of institutions that propel behaviourally challenging young people and their parents into the system not only based on the seriousness of their cases, but also according to the family's reputation and their social disadvantage. As such effects remain largely unexplored, this thesis aims to analyse the processes behind agency contact, and examine how they could be directing individuals of diverse social locations on different pathways. It employs participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and focus groups to gather the views of young people, their parents, and practitioners on whether, how and why interactions between professionals and their clients might differ according to social class and with what consequences. Drawing mainly on Bourdieu's critical sociology, Emerson's work on negotiated trouble, Sayer's moral understanding of class, and Boltanski and Thévenot's polity model to make sense of the data, the thesis finds that a family's social location, institutional discourses, and organisational rules within youth justice and children's services all affect the views of practitioners and how they respond to children's conduct and parents' childrearing.
Supervisor: Condry, Rachel Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Social theory ; Youth Justice ; Sociology ; Qualitative Research Methods ; Criminology