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Juvenile Facility Staff Contestations of Change

Cox, AL (2018) 'Juvenile Facility Staff Contestations of Change.' Youth Justice. ISSN 1473-2254

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Abstract

This article explores juvenile facility frontline staff members’ contestations of change to custodial practices aimed at reducing restraints, introducing trauma-informed practices, and downsizing juvenile facilities. Drawing from qualitative research about frontline staff members in a U.S. state undergoing reform, the article points to the ways that the reforms challenge staff members’ investments in behavioral control practices as a vehicle for achieving order and control in their everyday lives as workers. It also points to shifts in the broader political economy of punishment at the local, facility level, and the subsequent impact on staff member perceptions of order, control and criminality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: reform, decarceration, resistance, frontline staff, behavioural control
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2018 15:35
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2018 14:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22714

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