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The success of the civilization offensive: societal adaptation of reformed boys in the early twentieth century in the Netherlands

Bijleveld, C. and Poppel van, F.W.A. (2011) The success of the civilization offensive: societal adaptation of reformed boys in the early twentieth century in the Netherlands. Journal of Social History, 44, 1173-1194. ISSN 0022-4529.

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Abstract

The reform of criminals and potential digressors has been the object of politicians’ and policy makers’ concern for over a century. Interventions and preventative efforts to achieve this, are these days scrutinized by committees of learned men and women for their ‘evidence-based’ effectiveness. This article will attempt to analyse the effectiveness of one such early intervention effort in the Netherlands, where from the start of the 20th century onwards children were re-educated in steeply increasing numbers with the aim of preventing them from falling prey to lives of crime and vice.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Ned. Interdisc. Demografisch Instituut (NIDI)
ID Code:9824
Deposited On:14 Jul 2011 02:00
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