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Ungdomsvåld: upptäckten av ett samhällsproblem. Ungdomsbrottslighet i svensk dagspress 1950-1994
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
1997 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 34, no 4, 51-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Youth Violence: The Discovery of a Social Problem

Youth crime in Swedish editorials 1950-1994


This article offers an analysis of how juvenile delinquency has been treated in editorials in Swedish newspapers between 1950-1994. It shows that the focus has shifted from property offences to violence. The shift is discussed from two perspectives; the objectivist and the constructionist. It is argued that the diminishing interest of the press in juvenile property offences since the beginning of the 1970´s corresponds to the pattern of recorded crime trends. From 1986 onwards, however, youth violence became a major topic in Sweden. Yet this cannot easily be explained by the objectivist approach alone. The constructionist approach seems to be a useful complement. The paper ends with a suggestion that a re-evualation of some parts of the crime statistics is needed. The emergence of youth violence as a social problem after 1986 has probably led to a higher propensity to report such acts. Therefore, statistics that are not dependent upon public reporting should be used when analysing the development of youth violence in Sweden.

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1997. Vol. 34, no 4, 51-72 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52275OAI: diva2:386897
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