Iljin in the Making: The Life Course of Perpetrators of School Violence in South Korea

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This study seeks to locate the points of impact of social forces regarding juvenile bullying-and-violence in South Korea. Based on the multi-informant case-file material of 20 perpetrators of school violence detained at a Juvenile Detention Centre between 2011 and 2013, this is the first qualitative study to place bullying-and-violence in South Korea within its life-course context.This novel approach is achieved by applying classic findings from developmental criminology conducted in Western societies to the South Korean case-file material. Additionally, original emoticon-based life-course turning points diagrams are presented as potentially offering an alternative means of conceptualising and analysing life-course trajectories. Against a binary conceptualisation of school violence, this study reveals a cyclical connection between earlier victimisation (in the home) and later offending(atschool). In contrast toschool-and-security-centric measures advocated and implemented by the government at the time, this study advocates more family management-centric measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-32
Number of pages30
JournalAsian Journal of Social Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019

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  • bullying
  • developmental life-course
  • school violence
  • South Korea
  • victim-perpetrator


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