Organised by Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh as part of the The Crime, Justice & Society Seminar Series.

Negotiated Identities, Parallel Lives

Professor Lesley McAra and Professor Susan McVie, University of Edinburgh.

About this event
In this paper we highlight the path dependencies which result from the intersection between early contact with juvenile justice, school exclusion and poverty, and lead to deeper and more intensive forms of criminal justice contact in later years. Despite these path dependencies, the criminal justice system does not feature as a central part of people’s narratives about their lives in early middle age nor their efforts to desist from offending – it is peripheral and perceived as just one of the many hazards to be negotiated. The paper, which draws on quantitative and qualitative data from the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime, reflects on the implications of these findings for theory, method and policy.