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When Children Kill Children: Penal Populism and Political Culture

David A. Green


This title examines the role of political culture and penal populism in the response to the emotive subject of child-on-child homicide. The book explores the reasons underlying the vastly differing responses of the English and Norwegian criminal justice systems to the cases of James Bulger and Silje Redergård respectively. Whereas James Bulger's killers were subject to extreme press and public hostility, and held in secure detention for nine months before being tried in an adversarial court, and serving eight years in custody, Redergård's killers were shielded from public antagonism and carefu ... More

Keywords: political culture, penal populism, child-on-child homicide, English criminal justice system, Norway, James Bulger, Silje Redergård, public opinion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199230969
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230969.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David A. Green, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Prior to this he was Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford and Research Associate at the University of Oxford Centre of Criminology. David completed an MPhil in Criminology at the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology in 2001 and was then awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a PhD.