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Rurality and Rule Breaking

Rurality and Rule Breaking

Main Contacts: Caroline Lanskey and Joel Harvey

This ethnographic study sets to out to examine ‘rule-breaking’ behaviour and the experience of youth justice for young people in a rural context: the Cambridgeshire Fens. Rural contexts bring with them a number of complexities that are of interest in relation to the young people’s ‘rule-breaking’ and experience of the youth justice system. However, little research has examined the experience of young people who have offended within rural settings (Howard League for Penal Reform 2005; Marshall 2005; Meek 2006). This study  will develop an explanatory framework for understanding young people’s ‘rule-breaking’ and experience of youth justice in a rural context.  It is the first of its kind to provide a detailed empirical understanding of a rural dimension to rule-breaking behaviour and the experience of youth justice for young people, and their families. 

Our Aims

The primary aims of the Centre are to:

  • bring together research interests relating to community sanctions (with a European and international as well as a national focus), gender, crime and justice
  • develop the links between criminal justice and social justice
  • give students and colleagues working in these broad areas a clear identity.   

A second, but no less important, objective is to use the Centre as a base from which to apply for research funding. 

Thirdly, the Centre links academic and practitioner related interests - organising a number of workshops with members of the National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies, voluntary organisations and youth justice agencies. 

The Centre holds occasional seminars and workshops and runs a monthly reading group.