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


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.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1177/1440783308089165
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Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-General
Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1801 Law
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
Keywords ResPubID16412, sociology of law, juvenile justice, psy-sciences, history
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