This conversational text makes delinquency interesting to read about. Delinquency in Society provides a critical look at a very serious problem through a clear and thorough presentation of the theories of delinquency. In accessible, student-friendly language the authors prepare their readers to understand all facets of delinquency, including the history, institutional context, and societal reactions to delinquent behavior, the major biological, psychological, and sociological theories of behavior, and the variety of policy implications derived from those theories.
Robert M. Regoli is professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In 1975, he received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Professor Regoli is the author of more than 100 journal publications and books, and is past-President and Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
John D. Hewitt is professor of sociology and criminal justice at Grand Valley State University. He received his BA degree in history, with a concentration in Far Eastern studies, from Western Washington State College (1968), and his Ph.D. Sociology from Washington State University (1975). Professor Hewitt is the author or co-author of four books and more than 50 articles on such topics as judicial sentencing, historical crime trends, victim-offender relationships in homicide, and the treatment of juvenile delinquency in China. His writings have been published in journals such as Justice Quarterly,Crime and Delinquency, Law and Human Behavior, Social Forces, Journal of Social Research, and Law and Policy Quarterly.
Matt DeLisi is associate professor of sociology and Coordinator of Criminal Justice Studies program at Iowa State University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado and has worked 5 years in a corrections institution. Professor DeLisi is the author of Career Criminals in Society, Criminal Justice: Balancing Crime Control and Due Process, and nearly 50 scholarly articles and chapters. Professor DeLisi's areas of research are criminal careers and career criminals, self-control theory, and inmate behavior.
Chapter 1. Defining DelinquencyChapter 2. Measuring DelinquencyChapter 3. Violent Youth CrimeChapter 4. Illegal Drug Use and DelinquencyChapter 5. Individual Theories of Delinquency: Choice and Trait ExplanationsChapter 6. Sociological Theory: Cultural Deviance, Strain, and Social Control Chapter 7. Sociological Theory: Labeling and Conflict ExplanationsChapter 8. Developmental TheoriesChapter 9. Female Delinquency TheoriesChapter 10. The Family and DelinquencyChapter 11. Schools and DelinquencyChapter 12. Peer Group and Gang DelinquencyChapter 13. Police and DelinquencyChapter 14. The Juvenile CourtChapter 15. Juvenile Corrections
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