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The Politics of Crime ControlEssays in Honour of David Downes$
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Tim Newburn and Paul Rock

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199565955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565955.001.0001

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East Ending: Dissociation, De-industrialization, and David Downes 1

East Ending: Dissociation, De-industrialization, and David Downes 1

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The Politics of Crime Control
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Dick Hobbs

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565955.003.0005

David Downes' Delinquent Solution was publicized in 1966 and presented a rich and rewarding picture of East London in the early 1960s. It produced a platform for scholars to understand the worlds of successive generations of British Youth. This chapter reconsiders the socio-economic changes that have taken place in the East End during the past forty years. A few of Downes' old haunts are described in a contemporary context, and the validity of the concept of dissociation that emerged from his fieldwork is interrogated along with the relevance of the subcultural canon. It specifically had a tremendous influence upon the study of British youth subcultures. In general, The Delinquent Solution was an important text in the sociology of youth culture, and in its careful unravelling of the realities of being young in the 1960s Downes succeeded in contradicting some of the crude stereotyping of working-class youth, and in its place created a complex picture of a rich culture that was both oppositional and subservient.

Keywords:   David Downes, Delinquent Solution, East London, dissociation, de-industrialization, British youth, youth culture

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