Introduction. Youth violence: De-escalation strategies and socio-legal responses

Authors

  • Asher Flynn Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Monash University
  • Murray Lee University of Sydney
  • Mark Halsey Centre for Crime Policy & Research, College of Business, Government & Law, Flinders University

Keywords:

young people, de-escalation, youth violence, desistence, jóvenes, desescalar, violencia juvenil, desistencia

Abstract

Despite media suggestions that youth violence is the result of an epidemic of young thugs “out of control”, this paper argues that youth violence is emblematic of complex political, economic and socio-cultural conditions. This introductory paper discusses some of the key themes and articles from our special issue on Youth Violence: De-Escalation Strategies and Socio-Legal Responses, which is the result of a workshop held at the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law in July 2019. It seeks to reflect the rich tapestry of factors, contexts and processes that can place young people at risk of offending, or, perhaps even more importantly, at risk of criminalisation, as presented in the special issue collection. We reflect on the range of perspectives presented across the special issue on youth violence and the de-escalation of such violence, which seek to advance knowledge, and identify strategies for regulating and preventing this behaviour.

Pese a insinuaciones de los medios de que la violencia juvenil es consecuencia de una epidemia de jóvenes matones “fuera de control”, este artículo argumenta que la violencia juvenil es emblemática de circunstancias políticas, económicas y socioculturales complejas. Esta introducción expone algunos de los temas claves de los artículos de nuestro número especial titulado Youth Violence: De-Escalation Strategies and Socio-Legal Responses, que es fruto de un seminario celebrado en el Instituto Internacional de Sociología Jurídica de Oñati, en julio de 2019. Se busca reflejar el rico mosaico de factores, contextos y procesos que pueden poner a los jóvenes en riesgo de delinquir o, quizá más importante, en riesgo de criminalidad, como se presenta en el número especial. Aquí reflejamos la variedad de perspectivas que se presentan en el número especial sobre violencia juvenil y la desescalada de dicha violencia, lo cual pretende adelantar el conocimiento e identificar estrategias para regular y prevenir ese comportamiento.

Available from: https://doi.org/10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1211

Author Biographies

Asher Flynn, Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Monash University

Asher Flynn, Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Monash University. Email address: asher.flynn@monash.edu

Murray Lee, University of Sydney

Murray Lee, University of Sydney, Sydney Law School. Email address: murray.lee@sydney.edu.au

Mark Halsey, Centre for Crime Policy & Research, College of Business, Government & Law, Flinders University

Mark Halsey, Centre for Crime Policy & Research, College of Business, Government & Law, Flinders University. Email address: mark.halsey@flinders.edu.au

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Published

01-10-2021

How to Cite

Flynn, A., Lee, M. and Halsey, M. (2021) “Introduction. Youth violence: De-escalation strategies and socio-legal responses”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 11(5), pp. 1088–1094. Available at: https://opo.iisj.net/index.php/osls/article/view/1389 (Accessed: 17 October 2021).