The policing of glue-sniffing

This article examines the implications for police practices of central government's policy which constitutes parents as primarily responsible for glue-sniffing'. Using data from interviews with families and the police, as well as other research on glue-sniffing, I examine how this policy a...

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Main Author: Jagger, E. A. S. M.
Format: Print Article
Language:English
Published: 1996
In:The British journal of criminology
Year: 1996, Volume: 36, Issue: 2, Pages: 237-254
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Summary:This article examines the implications for police practices of central government's policy which constitutes parents as primarily responsible for glue-sniffing'. Using data from interviews with families and the police, as well as other research on glue-sniffing, I examine how this policy affects the latter's decision-making activities and, thereby, the consequences these have for parents presenting with their glue-sniffing children. It shows that the families dealt with by the police were not necessarily the tiny minority' of chronic sniffers the government saw as needing help. It explains that this has to do with a complex interplay of factors such as the relationship between government and its regulatory apparatuses, the functioning of police discourse, organizational priorities, and institutional constraints
ISSN:0007-0955