This thesis investigates the effects of the environment in The Institution for Boys Tamworth during the 1960s and 1970s. The particular focus is the effects of the institutional experiences and disintegrative shaming on the identities and self-control of its adolescent residents, as well as its impact on their adult lives, especially in terms of their propensity for criminal behaviour. By capturing the stories of these former residents, this thesis contributes both empirically and theoretically to the understanding of linkages between adolescent institutionalisation, disintegrative shaming, destabilised self-control and degraded self-identity. Ultimately the results demonstrate the potential criminogenic effects of adopting punitive approaches to juvenile delinquency.

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Criminology | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Law and Psychology | Law Enforcement and Corrections


Juvenile detention Australia; Juvenile detention Health aspects; Imprisonment Psychological aspects.

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