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Comparing juvenile justice systems: towards a qualitative research project in East Asia


Travers, M, Comparing juvenile justice systems: towards a qualitative research project in East Asia, Asian Journal of Criminology, 8, (2) pp. 115-128. ISSN 1871-014X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11417-012-9152-0


This paper contrasts the assumptions and methods used by quantitative criminologists with the approach to comparison pursued by the interpretive tradition in sociology. Whereas quantitative studies tend to conceal distinctive legislative or institutional responses in particular countries, interpretive studies make it possible to address internal debates about policy issues, as well as how practitioners exercise professional judgement. The paper considers a variety of ways in which the interpretive traditions of symbolic interactionism and ethnomethodology have approached comparison. It also considers the conceptual and practical issues that might arise in conducting a qualitative comparative study about juvenile justice within East Asia focusing on Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Whereas quantitative studies tend to ask questions that interest Western researchers, interpretivism makes possible a dialogue between countries that have different institutions, philosophies and cultures.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:juvenile justice, comparison, interpretivism, East Asia
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Legal systems
Research Field:Legal institutions (incl. courts and justice systems)
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:Travers, M (Associate Professor Max Travers)
ID Code:80787
Year Published:2013 (online first 2012)
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2012-11-12
Last Modified:2015-07-28
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