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Type: Journal article
Title: Digital drift and the “sense of injustice”: counter-productive policing of youth cybercrime
Author: Holt, T.J.
Brewer, R.
Goldsmith, A.
Citation: Deviant Behavior, 2019; 40(9):1144-1156
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 0163-9625
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Thomas J. Holt, Russell Brewer and Andrew Goldsmith
Abstract: Over the past several decades, criminological scholarship has increasingly focused on the problem of cybercrime including technology-enabled offending. Theoretical developments that account for these offences have not grown in tandem, leading to questions as to the nature of cybercriminality relative to traditional forms of offending. Recently, Goldsmith and Brewer proposed the conceptual framework of digital drift, extending elements of Matza’s original theories to the virtual environment. While making a useful contribution to the theorization of cybercrime, we argue that further elements of Matza’s original work also warrant consideration. In particular, we acknowledge the role of policing and the criminal justice system in affecting offender perceptions and decision-making. As such, this article extends the theorizing around digital drift to incorporate the ways that offender views are shaped in reaction to the law enforcement and industry responses to cybercrime. The implications of this extension are discussed in depth.
Rights: © 2018 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
RMID: 0030114934
DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2018.1472927
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