Education and Ethnic Youth Crime in Australia: Schooling for a Cosmopolitan Metropolis
Prof. Jock Collins, Dr Carol Reid.
The issue of ethnic crime has been of great public concern in New South Wales since late 1998 (Collins et al 2000). In particular, media headlines have emphasized the problems of youth crime and youth gangs operating in south western Sydney (Anti-Discrimination Board of New South Wales, 2003:40-86). While there is a degree of moral panic and sensationalist reporting that has exaggerated the issue, the issue of youth crime in Australian Cosmopolitan cities like Sydney is understandably of great concern to policy makers, yet it is an issue where there has been little research and little specific policy development at the Federal and State Government level. Our schools often have the world in one school, or at least a very diverse representative slice of it. The school is the site where many youth of different ethnic backgrounds interact and a critical site for the improvement in the life-chances of youth that might lead them away from crime. The link between education and employment is critical, with issues related to increasing pathways to education for children at risk an important policy consideration. The role of schooling in the mediation of social change is also an important policy area requiring specific programs and professional development.
Prof. Jock Collins
Jock Collins is Associate Professor in the School of Finance and Economics at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Writing on Australian immigration matters since the early 1970's, Jock is the author of two books and over 40 articles in international and national journals and edited books. Jock has been a consultant to the NSW Ethnic Affairs Commission, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the NSW Department of Treasury.
Dr Carol Reid (Australia)
Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Education and Cross-Cultural Studies
(30 min. Conference Paper, English)