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Classing early intervention: Social class, occupational moralities and criminalization

McCarthy, DJ (2011) Classing early intervention: Social class, occupational moralities and criminalization Critical Social Policy, 31 (4). pp. 495-516.

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This article interrogates the nature of judgements used by social control professionals to identify signs of anti-social behaviour amongst young people and families referred to early intervention programmes. The emphasis of professionals working within such networks is mostly benevolent in seeking to support and direct specific services at particular individuals. This article traces the effects of these processes of social control in action, specifically the ways through which professionals’ judgements formed around the normative social class status of clients become prime reasons for intervening. The article reflects on the ways occupational moralities translate social class judgements into control responses, arguing that one of the principal outcomes of early intervention is class correction rather than crime control.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
McCarthy, DJ
Date : 27 June 2011
DOI : 10.1177/0261018311410525
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Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Critical Social Policy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Critical Social Policy, 31 (4), Jun 2011, DOI 10.1177/0261018311410525. © Sage Publications.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 24 Nov 2011 18:04
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:15

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