Organized around the intersecting social divisions of class, race, age, and gender, the book provides an engaging and authoritative overview of the nature of victimisation in society. In addition to a review of the major theoretical developments in relation to understanding aspects of victimization in society, individual chapters explore the political and social context of victimisation and the historical, comparative, and contemporary research and scholarly work on it. Each chapter includes the following:- Background and glossary- Theory, research and policy review - `Thinking critically about...' sections- Reflections and future research directions- Summary and conclusions- Annotated bibliographyVictims, Crime and Society is the essential text on victims for students of criminology, criminal justice, community safety, youth justice and related areas.

Young People, Victims and Crime

Young people, victims and crime

Chapter Aims

  • To introduce discourses on youth, crime and victimization.
  • To describe the incidence and prevalence of victimization among young people and acknowledge the relationship between offenders and victims.
  • To discuss the importance of understanding youth crime victimization within socioeconomic, cultural and political contexts.
  • To examine the voices of young people within research and policy making around crime and victimization.


When the words ‘crime’ and ‘youth’ are paired together, the ensuing picture in most people's minds is that of the young person as offender. Given the frequency of offending by young people, this is perhaps not surprising. The peak age of offending for both boys ...

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