Problem populations: identifying generational effects of attitudes towards offenders, school children, and welfare recipients 1983-2020.

  • Emily Gray (Speaker)
  • Barrett, V. (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
  • Stephen Farrall (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


The role of political socialisation in explaining long term trends in social attitudes towards three groups of ‘rulebreakers’ will be examined in this paper. It will employ collated British Social Attitudes Survey data (1984-2019/20) alongside a selection of aggregate-level variables to conduct an ‘age, period and cohort’ analysis of punitive sentiments. It will highlight how generational effects underlie trends in punitiveness towards key social groups. Our results underline the theoretical significance of political socialization and the methodological consequence of longitudinal analyses when exploring public sentiments towards ‘rulebreakers’.
Period7 Sep 2023
Event title23rd Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology: The Renaissance of European Criminology
Event typeConference
Conference number23
LocationFlorence, ItalyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational