Youth violence: De-escalation strategies and socio-legal responses

Asher Flynn, Murray Lee, Mark Halsey

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Despite media suggestions that youth violence is the result of an epidemic of
young thugs “out of control”, this paper argues that youth violence is emblematic of complex political, economic and socio-cultural conditions. This introductory paper discusses some of the key themes and articles from our special issue on Youth violence: De-escalation strategies and socio-legal responses, which is the result of a workshop held at the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law in July 2019. It seeks to reflect the rich tapestry of factors, contexts and processes that can place young people at risk of offending, or, perhaps even more importantly, at risk of criminalisation, as presented in the special issue collection. We reflect on the range of perspectives presented across the special issue on youth violence and the de-escalation of such violence, which seek to advance knowledge, and identify strategies for regulating and preventing this behaviour
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1088-1094
Number of pages7
JournalOnati Socio-Legal Series
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021


  • Young people
  • de-escalation
  • youth violence
  • desistence


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