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This textbook encourages students to think critically about the causes of delinquency and possible solutions - and to make certain that arguments are grounded in facts not myth. The author provides a solid link between the history of juvenile delinquency and contemporary juvenile issues. Unique to this book is a chapter on social inequality, an essential topic for understanding delinquency and crime. The special problems of girls growing up in a patriarchal society and their experiences in the juvenile justice system are discussed thoroughly in two chapters and throughout the text. Statistics and theory are balanced by descriptions of the everyday realities encountered by juveniles. Delinquency is considered in the context of family, community, school, peers, social class, and culture. Prevention and diversion are twin themes, with particular attention to whether current practices are effective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577667070
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/30/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 659,934
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Delinquency and juvenile justice in historical perspective 11
2 The extent of delinquency 45
3 The nature of delinquency 77
4 Youth gangs 107
5 Female delinquency 147
6 Individualistic theories of delinquency 183
7 Sociological theories of delinquency 207
8 Delinquency in context : inequality in U.S. society 233
9 Delinquency and the family 261
10 Schools and delinquency 287
11 Processing offenders through the juvenile justice system : the police and juvenile court 315
12 Prisons on "correctional" institutions : what's in a name? 351
13 The double standard of juvenile justice 387
14 Recent trends : getting tough on juveniles 415
15 Some sensible solutions 447
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