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Local Studies of “Youth-at-Risk”

Francis Wing-lin Lee

in Nurturing Pillars of Society

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9789888028801
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207226 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028801.003.0007
Local Studies of “Youth-at-Risk”

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The interactionist perspective encompasses examining delinquency and crime as a result of the interaction between law enforcement entities and those subject to their labeling and control process, as well as a societal reaction to particular behavior types. The occurrence of crime in delinquency is said to have been affected by the stereotyping and compounding process for deviation concepts. This chapter presents two different studies. The first study, Encounters between Police and “Unattached Youth” and the Occurrence of Juvenile Delinquency, looks into the extent that this process is evident in Hong Kong. The second study aids in furthering the understanding of how young people in Hong Kong engage in substance abuse.

Keywords: interactionist perspective; law enforcement; crime and delinquency; juvenile delinquency; substance abuse

Chapter.  5519 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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