Juvenile delinquency in Angola

COLE, Bankole and CHIPACA, Adelino (2014). Juvenile delinquency in Angola. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 14 (1), 61-76.

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More than three decades of war in Angola have created a generation of disaffected children, poorly educated and living in crime-infested urban neighbourhoods where violence appears to have become the norm. This article is based on a self-report study of 30 juvenile offenders housed at the Observation Centre in Luanda. The article examines the children's views on what accounts for their delinquency. What emerges from their narratives is the central importance of the neighbourhoods in which they live. In these neighbourhoods, the children have developed delinquent relationships and encountered experiences of serious violence. Most of the children attributed their offending to the economic and social problems created by the war. The study agrees with Wessells and Monteiro's (2006) position that, in order to address this problem, a proactive approach is required in Angola that supports youth, prevents violence and enables sustainable neighbourhood development. © The Author(s) 2013.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1177/1748895813503465
Depositing User: Helen Garner
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 12:20
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2015 21:57
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10034

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