Embodying Delinquency: Boys' Bodies, Sexuality, and Juvenile Justice History in Early-Twentieth-Century Quebec

TitleEmbodying Delinquency: Boys' Bodies, Sexuality, and Juvenile Justice History in Early-Twentieth-Century Quebec
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsMyers, T
JournalJournal of the History of Sexuality
Volume14
Pagination383-414
ISBN Number1043-4070
KeywordsBoys, Children &amp, History, Juvenile courts, Juvenile delinquency, Juvenile justice, Montreal, Probation officers, SEX, Sexuality, Social History, Sociology, youth
Abstract

At that time, social commentators linked boys' "problem" of vagrancy and disorderliness to their abandonment by parents and families and their lack of education, justifying substantial sentences in reform institutions where they might obtain rudimentary learning and acquire industrial skills.3 A long tradition of casting delinquent boys as more "in danger" than dangerous helped to shape the ethic of juvenile justice in Montreal that prevailed at the time of the inauguration of the city's first juvenile court in 1912.