Everyday tragedies: justice, scandal and young people in contemporary Britain

M Drakeford, Ian Butler

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Scandals do not simply take place, they have to be created. This article investigates the failure of scandal-generation in contemporary British youth justice, despite the ample raw material, and the conspicuous efforts of authoritative figures to do so. It suggests a series of reasons why scandal has not taken place. The article also argues that such an outcome is not inevitable. It cites a recent example in the field of child care as a deliberate, and successful attempt to draw public attention to policy failure and to bring about improvement. It argues that such techniques are applicable and necessary in the field of youth justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-235
Number of pages17
JournalThe Howard Journal of Criminal Justice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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