The criminalisation and demonisation of hoodies

Phipps, Anne (2007) The criminalisation and demonisation of hoodies. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    In this dissertation the issues relating to youths who wear hooded tops and the way in which they are demonised through the criminalisation of their behaviour within society is explored. The problems that are raised by hoodies include preventing CCTV identification, growing fear of youth crime and failures of parents and adults not setting boundaries. However the hoodie is also a fashion and social norm so the targeting of Hoodies as a moral panic and political scapegoating is analysed as similar to that of the past occurring with the Mods and Rockers. The media response is dealt with using content analysis with the finding that the Daily Express has been the main force targeting the groups of distinguished youths as a problem which has lead to the government addressing this as an issue. The differences in reporting are then compared between tabloids and broadsheets and the finding that tabloids condemn the youths far more than broadsheets. Then the influence that this has had on legislation and governmental policy is investigated, including specific focus on Anti-social Behaviour Orders that have been issued to prevent people wearing them showing the challenges this presents to their Human Rights and the rationale behind the Respect Agenda. In concluding this area of study the repetitive nature of youth culture is highlighted and the cyclical element of the dilemma of youth noted as predictor of future demonisation of difference among youths.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/336

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