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dc.contributor.author Balogi, K.T.O.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-17T10:16:44Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-17T10:16:44Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation Balogi, K.T.O. (2004), At the crossroads: family, youth deviance and crime control in Botswana, Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 77-87 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10311/895
dc.description.abstract Since the 1980s, some major villages in Botswana have experienced an increase in deviance and crime among youth. This deviance is often manifested in an escalation of criminal gangs that are mostly male in composition. The intense search for the causes of this problem by traditional and modern custodians of law often blame parents' inability to control and guide their children. This paper explores some of the difficulties of regarding the family as either the cause or the potential solution to the problem of youth deviance and crime. Blaming families fails to take into account the effects of societal changes that undermine the effectiveness of the family as an agent of social control. Drawing on existing literature, this paper concludes that it is no longer useful to assume the centrality of the family in combating youth crime. Poverty, unemployment, changes in marriage patterns and divorce must also be taken into account, as all of these have serious implications on the structure and agency of the family. This calls for a baseline study on the family to put the fundamental issues of its structure and agency into proper socio-economic and cultural perspective. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Pula: Botswana Journal of African Studies en_US
dc.subject Youth deviance en_US
dc.subject Crime control en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Deviant behavior--Botswana en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Criminology--Botswana en_US
dc.title At the cross roads: family, youth deviance and crime control in Botswana en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US
dc.link http://archive.lib.msu.edu/DMC/African%20Journals/pdfs/PULA/pula018001/pula018001009.pdf en_US


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