Troubled Children: Violence and Illicit Sexual Behaviour in Trinidad Schools

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Daphne Phillips




This work proffers an explanation for crime on the nature of arrangements for living in modern capitalist society and sees crime as inherent in these arrangements themselves.

In the Caribbean context, one example of this critical approach to explanation can be found in the work of Ken Pryce (1976) who states that "... the orthodox viewpoint is that crime in developing countries is the product of social change, the manifestation in these societies of a transition from a traditional to a modern stage of development... this engenders imbalances such as overcrowding, alienation and anomie in the city."

Pryce advances a contrary view and purports that the rising crime in developing societies is not a product of modernization per se "but a symptom of a particular type of development based on exploitation and "the development of under-development" such as is evidenced in the Capitalist societies of the Caribbean for the past decades". He suggests that the profit-centered pattern of development enriches a few and disposes the many, through unemployment, "... which in turn leads to a diversity of survival strategies based on pimping, hustling, pushing, scrunting, prostitution, violence and wretchedness."

The evidence drawn from the current study would be used to contribute to adequate theorizing on youth crime in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Daphne Phillips, Professor of Sociology, University of the Southern Caribbean

Ph.D. Sociology of Health and Medicine, University of Illinois, USA, 1993. Worked at The University of the West Indies from 1984 to 2009 as lecturer in Sociology of Health and Medicine at the Mt. Hope School of Medicine, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Coordinator of the Sociology Unit and Coordinator of the Research Unit for Social Problem Analysis and Policy Development. Also served as a Minister of Government in Trinidad and Tobago.