Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency

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Hailed as a definitive analytical and historical study of the juvenile justice system, this 40th anniversary edition of The Child Savers features a new essay by Anthony M. Platt that highlights recent directions in the field, as well as a critique of his original text.

This expanded edition includes insightful commentaries from cross-disciplinary academics, along with an introductory essay by miroslava Chavez-Garcia critically examining how Platt's influential study has impacted...

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Overview

Hailed as a definitive analytical and historical study of the juvenile justice system, this 40th anniversary edition of The Child Savers features a new essay by Anthony M. Platt that highlights recent directions in the field, as well as a critique of his original text.

This expanded edition includes insightful commentaries from cross-disciplinary academics, along with an introductory essay by miroslava Chavez-Garcia critically examining how Platt's influential study has impacted many of the central arguments social scientists and historians face today.

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Editorial Reviews

professor of history, New York University - Linda Gordon

"The Child Savers deeply influenced me and dozens of other feminist scholars who have studied social policy critically. This reissue is remarkable in allowing us to rethink it, and nowhere more valuable than in Tony Platt's own thoughtful reconsideration."
Professor Emeritus of Social History, University of Kent - Hugh Cunningham

"The Child Savers, at forty, is a classic. Accompanied by lively contributions that reflect on its impact and outline recent research, this new edition will ensure that the book lives on, its message always challenging, its relevance undiminished."
Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice, City University of New York - Jock Young

"The Child Savers is a classic, and the updated edition is even more relevant today; a must for the informed public and the perceptive student."
Northwestern University School of Law - Bernardine Dohrn

"Like a bracing wind, Platt's brilliant inquiry into the oxymoron of juvenile justice demands again that we upend our ritualized system of punishing, containing and crushing our defiant young."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226670720
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1977
  • Series: Phoenix Series
  • Edition description: 2d ed., enl
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author


ANTHONY M. PLATT is a professor emeritus at California State University, Sacramento. He is the author of several books on American history, social policy, and race relations.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments for the Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition ix

In Retrospect: Anthony M. Platt's The Child Savers: The Invention of Delinquency Miroslava Chavez-Garcia xi

Introduction to the Second Edition xxxvii

Chapter 1 Introduction 3

Chapter 2 Images of Delinquency, 1870-1900 15

Chapter 3 The New Penology 46

Chapter 4 Maternal Justice 75

Chapter 5 The Child-Saving Movement in Illinois 101

Chapter 6 The Fate of the Juvenile Court 137

Chapter 7 A Concluding Note 176

Postscript 1977 183

The Child Savers Reconsidered Anthony M. Platt 193

The Child Savers and Three Cycles of Juvenile Justice Reform in Twentieth-Century America William Bush 201

Women and Kids in the Court: Feminist History and Anthony Platt's The Child Savers Tamara Myers 213

The "Other" Child Savers: Racial Politics of the Parental State Geoff Ward 225

Appendix 243

Bibliography 263

Index 283

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