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Psy-knowledges and the sociology of law: the case of juvenile justice

McCallum, David and Laurence, Jennifer (2008) Psy-knowledges and the sociology of law: the case of juvenile justice. Journal of Sociology, 44 (2). 115-131.. ISSN 1440-7833

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This article examines the application of the psy-sciences to the conduct of juvenile justice in Victoria in the period from 1940-1980, in order to reassess assumptions in contemporary sociology of law concerning psy-knowledge and judicial administration, welfare and justice, and their relations to liberal or conservative political mandates. It seeks to understand the implications of shifts in the production of knowledge of the child in the justice system, by reporting on analysis of both clinical and administrative files of the Children’s Court Clinic in this period. The study documents how particular kinds of offenders became know in order to be properly managed, and questions the extent of separations between science and juvenile justice administration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sociology of law, juvenile justice, psy-sciences, history
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-General
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: A/Professor David McCallum
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2009 01:53
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:41
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