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Responsible submission: The racialized consequences of neoliberal juvenile justice practices

Cox, AL (2014) 'Responsible submission: The racialized consequences of neoliberal juvenile justice practices.' Social Justice, 41 (4). 23 - 39. ISSN 1043-1578

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Abstract

This article focuses on the racialized consequences of neoliberal juvenile justice practices. Based on over two years of ethnographic fieldwork inside of one state’s secure residential facilities and alternative to incarceration programs, the article scrutinizes contemporary intervention practices used with young people. These practices emphasize the cultivation of individuality, rationality and “responsibility” by young people. The author argues that to be successful in these programs, these forms of behavior invariably define “success” as deference and submission to program staff and standards. In other words, “responsibility” is often a form of repression. In a youth justice system where a vast majority of the young people in detention and residential placement are African-American, it is quite possible to trace the direct line between the early forms of social control directed at African-Americans in the United States and those that exist today.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: race, governmentality, neoliberalism, agency, responsibility, juvenile justice, incarceration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2019 15:41
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21242

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