Source: (2000) The Red Feather Journal of Postmodern Criminology 8. Downloaded 2 June 2004.

In this paper, Andrew Hund applies sociology to delinquency and response to delinquency. He critiques current thinking in society about delinquency as punishing the person rather than the negative behavior (crime), thus leading to stigmatization and reinforcement of the behavior through role association. In contrast, Hund seeks to establish a sociological basis for reintegrative shaming conferences as an innovative program for social control of youth. The aim is to change a young person’s behavior through a positive transformation in the community and its approach to youth offenders. According to Hund, reintegrative shaming would accomplish this as it involves a social control system fostering community participation through the conferences.

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