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My Criminal Friend: Maneuvering Friendships and Abstaining from Crime in High-Risk Areas in Denmark

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My Criminal Friend: Maneuvering Friendships and Abstaining from Crime in High-Risk Areas in Denmark. / Haller, Mie Birk; Søgaard, Thomas Friis; Kolind, Torsten et al.

In: Youth Justice, 2022.

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title = "My Criminal Friend:: Maneuvering Friendships and Abstaining from Crime in High-Risk Areas in Denmark",
abstract = "This article highlights the perspective of 39 young men who live and have friends in a Danish high-risk neighborhood. We look into their use of microlevel tactics to socialize with crime-involved friends while managing to abstain from crime. Maintaining this balance was a constant everyday processual negotiation of friendship relations, moral obligations, and risk assessment. However, the most severe consequences of having criminal friends were to endure police control and potentially be known and registered by the police as criminals or {\textquoteleft}gang-affiliated{\textquoteright}. In that way, the criminal justice system was deeply entangled in the social lives of these young people.",
keywords = "crime, desistance, ethnic minority youth, friendship, high-risk areas, peer pressure, policing, DELINQUENT PEERS, DESISTANCE",
author = "Haller, {Mie Birk} and S{\o}gaard, {Thomas Friis} and Torsten Kolind and Mads Madsen and Geoffrey Hunt and Tobias Kammersgaard",
year = "2022",
doi = "10.1177/14732254221104632",
language = "English",
journal = "Youth Justice",
issn = "1473-2254",
publisher = "SAGE",

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AU - Haller, Mie Birk

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AU - Madsen, Mads

AU - Hunt, Geoffrey

AU - Kammersgaard, Tobias

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KW - desistance

KW - ethnic minority youth

KW - friendship

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KW - peer pressure

KW - policing

KW - DELINQUENT PEERS

KW - DESISTANCE

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