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Book launch:

Children, Young People and Media

Thursday 24th May 2018: 6pm – 9pm

The University of Westminster (309 Regent St.)

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The Youth Justice Network at the University of Westminster is pleased to host the first launch of Dr. Faith Gordon’s monograph – ‘Children, Young People and the Press in a Transitioning Society: Representations, Reactions and Criminalisation’. There will be keynote speakers and a panel discussion, the formal book launch, followed by refreshments and networking opportunities.

The book assesses the implications of how children and young people are represented in print media in Northern Ireland – a post-conflict transitioning society. Gordon analyses how children and young people’s perceived involvement in anti-social and criminal behaviour is constructed and amplified in media, as well as in popular and political discourses.

This original study specifically addresses the labelling perspective and confirms that young people are convenient scapegoats – where their negative reputation diverts attention from the structural and institutional issues that are inevitable in a post-conflict society.

Alongside content analysis from six months of print media and a case study on the representation of youth involvement in ‘sectarian’ rioting, this book also analyses interviews with editors, journalists, politicians, policy makers and a spokesperson for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Noting the importance of prioritising the experiences of children, young people and their advocates, this timely and engaging research will be of specific interest to scholars and students of criminal justice, criminology, socio-legal studies, sociology, social policy, media studies, politics and law, as well as media professionals and policy makers.

Order copies of this book online via the Palgrave Macmillan website.

Reviews of ‘Children, Young People and the Press in a Transitioning Society: Representations, Reactions and Criminalisation’:

“Every generation seems to succumb to fears about the generations that follow. Such moral panics about “the kids today” appear particularly misplaced in the context of a society in transition from a troubled past like Northern Ireland. In this insightful and rigorously evidenced analysis, Gordon argues instead in favour of listening to the voices of young people themselves as they represent our best hope for a brighter future.” (Professor Shadd Maruna, Professor of Criminology, University of Manchester, UK)

“Children, Young People and the Press in a Transitioning Society is exemplary critical criminology: an original interdisciplinary study of young people and the print media in Northern Ireland under transition. This multifaceted empirical investigation shows how the press has targeted and demonised ‘deviant’ youth, and to what effect. Gordon’s work is thoughtfully structured, clear and lively in expression, and forceful in argument: a rich asset for students of youth, media, law and society.” (Professor Scott Poynting, Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University and Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

“Conflict takes away childhoods and its legacy into the peace can destroy children’s future. This expertly argued book draws on detailed research to address how children are represented in the print media in transitional societies and how these representations contribute to the problems youth are seen as presenting. It is cogently argued, very well written and erudite in its coverage. It is a wonderful addition to youth studies and transitional justice.” (Professor John D. Brewer HDSocSci, MRIA, FRSE, FAcSS, FRSA, Professor of Post-Conflict Studies, Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland)

“This book offers a valuable contribution to criminological literature, in particular the growing body of empirically-informed critical youth justice scholarship. Gordon examines an issue of international significance in an incisive, cogent and articulate manner. A must-read for students and professionals with an interest in media influence upon constructing understandings of youth offending.” (Professor Stephen Case, Professor of Criminology, Loughborough University, UK)

About the author:

Dr. Faith Gordon is a Lecturer in Criminology and Director of the Youth Justice Network at the University of Westminster, UK. She is also a Research Associate at the Information Law and Policy Centre, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

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Book launch and paper by Prof. Steve Case: Youth Justice: A Critical Introduction

Thursday 15th March @ 5.30pm:

University of Westminster Boardroom (309 Regent St.)

Free event: For more details and to register contact


Bringing together theory and practice, this book provides a balanced exposition of contemporary youth justice debates, including detailed discussions of governmental rationales and practical issues and an extensive evaluation of critical academic positions. It includes a range of features designed to engage and inspire students:

  • ‘Stop and think’: Activities challenging students to reflect on important issues.
  • ‘Conversations’: Discussions of key themes and issues from the perspectives and experiences of relevant stakeholders, including policy makers and activists.
  • ‘Telling it like it is’: Testimonies giving voice to the personalised, subjective and contentious viewpoints of youth justice influencers.
  • ‘Controversies and debates’: Prompts to stimulate students to question and critique established knowledge and understanding by considering alternative angles.
  • ‘Recurring theme alerts’: Boxes flagging up recurring themes in the developing construction of youth offending and youth justice.

This book is essential reading for students taking courses in youth justice, youth offending, youth crime, youth work and social policy.

More information about the book can be found on the Routledge website.


University of Westminster, Department of History, Sociology and Criminology – Seminar Series

15th June 2017 – University of Westminster, Regent Street Campus, 5pm

309 Regent Street London W1B 2HW

Turning Research into Action:  Knowledge Exchange between Young People, Academic Researchers & Practitioners

Speakers from the Youth Justice Network:

  1. Assan Ali: ‘Engaging People’
  1. Faith Gordon: ‘Children, Young People and the Media in a Post-Conflict, Transitioning Society: A Knowledge Exchange Case Study and Outcomes’
  1. Holly Powell-Jones:  ‘Recommendations for Future Policy-Making and Training: A Case Study of Youth Perspectives on “Risky” Social Media Content’


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