Review: Susanne Spindler (2006). Corpus delicti. Männlichkeit, Rassismus und Kriminalisierung im Alltag jugendlicher Migranten [Corpus Delicti. Masculinity, Racism and Criminalization in the Everyday Life of Juvenile Migrants]

  • Julia Simonson Kriminologisches Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen
Keywords: migrants, masculinity, violence, criminalization, biographical studies

Abstract

In her dissertation, published in 2006 as a book, Susanne SPINDLER deals with the interrelations between masculinity, racism and the criminalization of juvenile migrants. To do so, SPINDLER interprets the results of eleven biographical interviews with detained juvenile migrants. A particular focus in on processes of "doing gender": because accepted forms of masculinity are withheld from the juveniles they retreat into an extremely physical and violent form of masculinity, which paves the way to crime and prison. The book offers interesting insights into the process of criminalization of young migrants and enriches the research field with a new perspective. However, SPINDLER's argument finally remains too one-sided, since with the retreat into masculinity only one aspect is considered and other factors which might be helpfully for the understanding of the observed processes are ignored a priori. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0802103

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Author Biography

Julia Simonson, Kriminologisches Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen
Julia SIMONSON, Dr. rer pol., Dipl.-Soz., arbeitet als wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Kriminologischen Forschungsinstitut Niedersachen (KFN). Aktuelle Forschungsinteressen sind: Delinquentes und gewalttätiges Verhalten von Kindern und Jugendlichen, soziale Integration und Exklusion, Kriminalitätsfurcht und -wahrnehmung, Strafvollzugsforschung, Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung. In FQS findet sich eine weitere Besprechung von Julia SIMONSON zu "Latinas in Deutschland. Eine ethnologische Studie zu Migration, Fremdheit und Identität" (http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/3-07/07-3-19-d.htm) (GRUNER-DOMIĆ 2005).
Published
2008-05-31
How to Cite
Simonson, J. (2008). Review: Susanne Spindler (2006). Corpus delicti. Männlichkeit, Rassismus und Kriminalisierung im Alltag jugendlicher Migranten [Corpus Delicti. Masculinity, Racism and Criminalization in the Everyday Life of Juvenile Migrants]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(2). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-9.2.435