This book would not have been possible without the help of many individuals to whom I owe my deepest gratitude.
In particular, thanks go out to Tim Newburn, David Downes, Nikolas Rose and Bridget Hutter, my supervisors at the London School of Economics. Thanks are also due to Geoffrey Pearson, Les Back, John Pitts and Janet Foster for comments on earlier drafts and passing me on through various stages of the doctorate. Much appreciation is owed to the people who worked at Lambeth Youth Justice, several police officers in Lambeth, and dozens of youth and community workers in the borough who were interviewed or contacted during this research. Without their insights and experiences this work would be incomplete. Also, and importantly, thanks are due to the several detached youth workers in Lambeth whose dedication, hard work and perseverance are greatly underpaid and often underacknowledged. I hope this book helps to highlight the profound difficulties faced by those who work in this profession.
To my new wife, Cheryle, whom I met in London: your love and support are without parallel.
Finally, thank yous, big ups and shout outs go to all the young people who were interviewed. I hope this book properly represents your worldviews.