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Franklin E. Zimring

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181166

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181166.001.0001

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Childhood and Public Law before the Revolution

Childhood and Public Law before the Revolution

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(p.5) One Childhood and Public Law before the Revolution
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American Juvenile Justice
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Franklin E. Zimring

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181166.003.0011

This chapter argues that recent changes in law were a delayed reaction to changes in the social meaning of adolescence throughout the twentieth century. It begins by describing briefly the institutions and mission of the child-saving movement at the turn of the century, passing next to the theory of youth that supported these reforms, the “jurisprudence of juvenility.” Finally, it surveys the changes in the social meanings of adolescence that forced the legal reforms of recent years.

Keywords:   social development, adolescence, child-saving, jurisprudence of juvenility, legal reform

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