From ‘little flowers of the motherland’ into ‘carnivorous plants’: the changing face of youth crime in contemporary China

Harding, Simon (2016) From ‘little flowers of the motherland’ into ‘carnivorous plants’: the changing face of youth crime in contemporary China. In: Global Perspectives on Youth Gang Behavior, Violence, and Weapons Use. IGI Global, Philadelphia, USA, pp. 295-326. ISBN ISBN 9781466699380 (hardcover) | ISBN 9781466699397 (ebook)

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Abstract

This chapter considers youth offending and youth justice in contemporary China noting significant changes due to the rapid economic transformation. Once famous for its low crime rates, the apparent rapid rise in Chinese juvenile delinquency has left the media ‘wondering what transformed these little “flowers of the motherland” into “carnivorous plants”. The chapter charts changes from the yanda (hard strikes) crackdown in 1983 to the highly publicised anti-crime crackdown in Chongqing. Despite limited data, a picture is emerging of changing influence of triads and altered relationships between organised crime and street gangs, noting street gangs are increasing due to an influx of rural migrants to the mega-cities. The chapter touches upon the risk factors and emergent arguments of this contemporary phenomenon, noting that Zhang et al (1997:299) has suggested that ‘China is in an early stage of gang development’ possibly equivalent to the USA from 1930s to the 1960s.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: China; Gangs; Migrant; viiolence; youth; Asia
Subjects: Law and criminal justice
Social sciences > Sociology of deviance
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Depositing User: Simon Harding
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2018 15:50
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 08:20
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5303

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