Rationalities underpinning the system
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Chapter 4 examines the range of rationalities that underpin the Irish juvenile justice system. By examining numerous official and unofficial reports as well as other relevant historical literature not accessed before in this context, this chapter unpicks the main governmental rationalities that occupy this space and traces the key lines of government. Recent rationalities to emerge in this regard are those of ‘community’ and ‘citizenship’. Rationalities such as social work, probation and psychology began to gain prominence in the 1960s as the dominant religious discourses began to be challenged. Although the reformatory and industrial school system has been replaced, the underlying rationality of reformation remains active within the juvenile justice field. This chapter highlights the fact that the Irish juvenile justice system is currently underpinned by a wide range of rationalities including, risk, social work, community, youth work and psy expertise.

Wild Arabs and savages

A history of juvenile justice in Ireland

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