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Article: The lens of victim contests and youth crime stat wars

TitleThe lens of victim contests and youth crime stat wars
Authors
KeywordsActuarialism
Constructionism
Stat War
Statistics
Victim Contest
Young Offenders Act
Youth Crime
Issue Date2011
PublisherUniversity of California Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1533-8665
Citation
Symbolic Interaction, 2011, v. 34 n. 4, p. 552-573 How to Cite?
AbstractIn this article I examine Canadian youth crime debates as a way to explore the connection between "victim contests" and "stat wars." I address how constructing young offenders as either victims or victimizers generates "victim contests," which in turn serve as interpretive anchoring points shaping how youth crime statistics are interpreted. The numbers themselves do not matter, as underlying assumptions about young offender identity and culpability become a lens through which numbers are understood. In this sense, victim contests generate "stat wars," involving numbers that act to "make up people." I also explore some broader implications of these connections, especially given the increasingly actuarial responses to youth crime in late-modern Western society. © 2011 by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172358
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.824
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.514
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dc.identifier.citationSymbolic Interaction, 2011, v. 34 n. 4, p. 552-573en_US
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dc.description.abstractIn this article I examine Canadian youth crime debates as a way to explore the connection between "victim contests" and "stat wars." I address how constructing young offenders as either victims or victimizers generates "victim contests," which in turn serve as interpretive anchoring points shaping how youth crime statistics are interpreted. The numbers themselves do not matter, as underlying assumptions about young offender identity and culpability become a lens through which numbers are understood. In this sense, victim contests generate "stat wars," involving numbers that act to "make up people." I also explore some broader implications of these connections, especially given the increasingly actuarial responses to youth crime in late-modern Western society. © 2011 by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. All rights reserved.en_US
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dc.subjectActuarialismen_US
dc.subjectConstructionismen_US
dc.subjectStat Waren_US
dc.subjectStatisticsen_US
dc.subjectVictim Contesten_US
dc.subjectYoung Offenders Acten_US
dc.subjectYouth Crimeen_US
dc.titleThe lens of victim contests and youth crime stat warsen_US
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