South Africa has a broad and complex history that has greatly influenced the unique, diverse and democratic country that we know today. One of the many challenges South Africa faces is crime, with those crimes committed by youthful offenders being the most distressing – it is sadly not unusual to hear of youths who have been involved in murder, rape or robbery. In addition, sexual offences among children are occurring more frequently, and the number of child victims of abuse and domestic violence is also on the rise. An added and escalating danger for children is falling prey to ruthless traffickers and being used as sex workers or slaves. Despite specific laws having been promulgated to protect them, many children are still growing up in unforgiving environments that never allow them the opportunity to develop morally according to the prescriptions of a democratic society.
Child and youth misbehaviour in South Africa addresses the complex and poorly understood phenomenon of youth misbehaviour. It discusses and analyses various theories on the nature and causes of deviant behaviour, and assesses them critically with regard to their applicability to South Africa. The book presents the relevant legal processes pertaining to young people, and reinforces theoretical explanations with research and real-world examples. The female youth offender is also discussed in depth in this edition.
Contents include the following:
The difficulty in demarcating
the position of children in South Africa
The complex diversity in the
various ethnic and racial groupings in South Africa
The local risk factors and
international influences associated with youth misbehaviour
The effective processing and
treatment of youthful offenders by the South African criminal justice system
Preventive measures based on
Child and youth misbehaviour in South Africa is aimed at enabling both practitioners and students to address the plight of the South African youth in a constructive way so they can become part of creating a safer South Africa for all its people.
Professor Christiaan Bezuidenhout holds a BA (Criminology), BA Honours (Criminology), MA (Criminology), DPhil (Criminology), as well as an MSc (Criminology and Criminal Justice) from the University of Oxford. He is currently attached to the Department of Social Work and Criminology, University of Pretoria, where he teaches psychocriminology, criminal justice and contemporary criminology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
A Youth misbehaviour: its nature, extent, related risk factors and explanations
1 Introduction and terminology overview
Chapter 2 A historical
perspective of the youth offender
3 The nature and extent of child and youth misbehaviour in South Africa
Chapter 4 Risk factors
pertaining to youth offenders
Chapter 5 The socio-moral
redirection of troubled youth
6 Traditional theoretical explanations for youth misbehaviour
Chapter 7 Contemporary
theoretical explanations for youth misbehaviour
Chapter 8 A historical
overview of approaches to understanding female youth misbehaviour
9 Contemporary South African perspectives on young female offending:
dismantling risk, rethinking vulnerability
SECTION B Youth in contact with criminal justice
Chapter 10 The prevention
and control of youth misbehaviour in South Africa
Chapter 11 Diversion
Chapter 12 Juvenile
offenders in South African criminal law
Chapter 13 The Child
Justice Act: practice and procedure
SECTION C Contemporary challenges pertaining to
youth at risk
Chapter 14 Child
trafficking in South Africa
Chapter 15 Child
Chapter 16 Concluding
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