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Youth- and Crime-Related Political Claims in Comparative Perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2019 (English)In: American Behavioral Scientist, ISSN 0002-7642, E-ISSN 1552-3381Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyzes youth collective activism in relation to crime and violence in the context of long-term dominance of “moral panics” discourse, where young people are often framed as a “threat” and “problem.” While many prior studies focus on media presentation of youth in single countries, we investigate how youth actors themselves make political claims related to crime and violence, and take a comparative perspective on this question. Based on a unique data on youth-related political claims from the newspapers of nine European countries—France, Greece, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, we demonstrate that youth are rarely present in the public discussions about crime and violence, especially in the countries where youth actors face restricted discursive opportunities in the print media. The dominant “adult view” in claims about crime and violence often connect youth to diverse social problems and attribute blame to youth more often than to adults; the claims made by youth do not make such a difference in blame attribution.

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SAGE Open, 2019.
Keywords [en]
moral panics, blame attribution, discursive opportunities, youth
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Political Science
Research subject
Political Science; Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-397092DOI: 10.1177/0002764219885422OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-397092DiVA, id: diva2:1370389
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EURYKA
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EU, Horizon 2020, 727025Available from: 2019-11-15 Created: 2019-11-15 Last updated: 2019-11-15

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