SANGSTER, Joan




Author Tags: Law

Born in 1952, Sangster has been active within the Elizabeth Fry Society and has written Girl Trouble: Female Delinquency in English Canada (Between the Lines, $24.95, 2002), a study of girls' conflicts with the law that begins with the 1908 passage of the Juvenile Delinquency Act. She explores how class, gender and racial biases are relevent to the application of juvenile justice. "After the murder by schoolmates of fourteen-year-old Reena Virk in Victoria, B.C.," she writes, "in November 1997, the media coverage of the case was obsessed with the issue of 'girl on girl' violence but ignored that racism played an important part in the killing." Sangster has four children.

[BCBW 2003] "Law"