(En)Gendering Responsibilities: Experiences of Parenting a 'Young Offender'

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This article discusses how parenting a ‘young offender’ involves specific additional responsibilities for parents who are already under scrutiny for apparently not taking their parenting responsibilities seriously. With reference to empirical data, three specific parental tasks are considered: managing the family's involvement in the youth justice system, waiting on ‘standby’ for police and schools, and reporting the child's offences to the police. In doing so, this article highlights the ways in which gender is implicated, and performs a regulatory function, in the day-to-day lives of mothers and fathers who are parenting a ‘troublesome’ child.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-356
Number of pages12
JournalThe Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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