Alan France is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Science at the University of Auckland. He has been writing and contributing to the ‘sociology of youth and the life course’ for over 20 years. He has published four books and over 40 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His most recent work has focused on developing analytical frameworks for understanding young people’s relationship with crime. This work draws heavily upon the work of Pierre Bourdieu showing how concepts such as habitus, capitals, and fields can help us understand the political ecology of young people’s relationship with crime. He is also presently writing a new book that is using this model to understand how youth policy around the world is re-constructing what it means to be young.