Living on the boundaries in america: An exploration of marginalized youths’ national and legal consciousness

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Abstract

In this article I examine marginalized youths' ideas about the United States, the law, and police. My interpretive analysis is based upon in-depth, unstructured interviews with juvenile parolees living in poverty in a large southwestern city. In general, these parolees could be described as uneducated, unemployed, non-white, youth gang members. Through an examination of the youths' narratives and stories about America and its legal authorities, I attempt to illustrate how their ideas can be understood as evolving from their structurally based interactions. I present the general themes of the marginalized youths' legal and political consciousness and attempt to show how this consciousness flows from their hostile interactions with legal and conventional authorities. Ultimately, I suggest that the contrast between the youths' social justice ideals and the reality of their lives on the margins influences how they think about America, law, and the police.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-107
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 15 2005

Keywords

  • America
  • Consciousness
  • Delinquency
  • Law
  • Marginalized
  • Police
  • Youth

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