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The killing of children by children as a symptom of national crisis : reactions in Britain and Japan.

Smith, David and Sueda, Kiyoko (2008) The killing of children by children as a symptom of national crisis : reactions in Britain and Japan. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 8 (1). pp. 5-25. ISSN 1748-8966

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Abstract

In this article, we describe and analyse the public and political responses to two notorious cases of the killing of children by children, one in Merseyside, England and one in Kobe, Japan. We discuss the ways in which the cases were presented as symptomatic of wider social problems, and how in both Britain and Japan they acted as a catalyst for changes in the juvenile criminal justice system. The article describes and attempts to explain both similarities and differences in the reactions to the killings in Britain and Japan, arguing that while the differences may be more obvious the similarities may be more instructive, and setting the description in the context of penological arguments about globalization and the emergence of a postmodern penality. We conclude that neither country is as unique in its responses to juvenile crime as is sometimes claimed, and that despite `postmodern' anxieties and scepticism in both countries, a `modernist' welfare approach to the reintegration of the killers remained feasible in both Britain and Japan.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Criminology and Criminal Justice
Uncontrolled Keywords: child killing • Japan • media • reintegration • social crisis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 26451
Deposited By: Prof David Smith
Deposited On: 20 May 2009 13:51
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2014 00:01
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26451

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