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Robbery by young offenders: Do the reasons for committing this offence differ between ethnic groups?

By Karen E. Yűcel


The full text of this dissertation is available only to University of Leicester members. Please log in with your CFS username and password when prompted.Research has indicated that young black people are overrepresented within robbery figures compared with other ethnic groups. Some research has indicated that this is due to social exclusion and discrimination, whereas other research has highlighted issues, which are relevant for robbery across the board, including offending within groups and the use of violence or weapons. Interviews were carried out in a London Borough in which robbery was highlighted as being of particular concern. Eight young offenders (six male, two female; one white, three Black British / Black Caribbean, four mixed; aged between 13 and 17), who had been charged with robbery or attempted robbery, were interviewed regarding their robbery offences to see if there were any differences in the reasons given between the ethnic groups. Whilst the sample size was very small, some conclusions were made which indicate that black youths may be overrepresented due to offending in groups, against acquaintances and with increased use of violence. These areas need to be explored further though and in different areas within London and the UK as a whole.University of Leiceste

Year: 2008
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