Renegade Kids, Suburban Outlaws: From Youth Culture to Delinquency / Edition 1

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Offering a unique look at subcategories of delinquent youth, primarily suburban youth, Wooden/Blazak use qualitative research strategies to explore how basically good kids can move from the fringes of society to delinquent activities. Accordingly, this text investigates everything from the harmless life of the mall rat to the volatile and dangerous world of skinheads, Satanists, and tagger crews, as well as the culture in the California Youth Authority. This new edition includes more information about girls and different races, as well as the latest information about group typologies. The author quotes from the popular media to highlight his points and make conceptual material relevant to students.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to the Problem 1
At-Risk Kids 2
A Generation in Crisis? 3
What Is Youth Culture? 5
How Does One Study Youth Culture? 6
Outline of the Book 9
Renegade Kids 9
Suburban Outlaws 11
Societal Responses and Trends 13
2 Understanding Why Youth Become Deviant 15
Criminological and Sociological Perspectives 16
Classic American Delinquency Theories 17
British Subcultural Theories 19
Gender-Based Theories 21
Postmodern Theories 23
3 Mall Rats and Life in the Mall 29
The Malling of Suburbia 29
Shopping 'Til You Drop 30
Delinquency in the Mall 31
Social Functions of Malls 34
A Day in the Life of a Mall Rat 35
4 Kicking Back at "Ranging High" 42
The Fostering of Low Self-Esteem 43
High School Bullies 45
Social Cliques and Youth Culture 46
Clique Structures in Four Suburban High Schools 49
The Leaders of the Pack 57
5 Punks and Anarchy: Changes in the Youth Scene 67
A Brief History of Punk 68
Parents of Punkers 70
Voices From the Fringe 73
Letters to the Fanzines 80
6 Gutter-Punks and the Lure of the Street 85
Young and Adrift 86
Pierced and Tattooed: Contemporary Youth Styles 86
Punk as Universal Rebellion 89
7 Suburban School Shooters 101
The Reality of School Gun Violence 102
Increased Fear in Schools 105
The Blame Game 106
Trying to Understand Suburban School Shootings 108
Is Culture the Cause or the Effect? 113
8 Tagger Crews and Members of the Posse 117
Dynamics of Tagging 119
The Proliferation of Taggers 121
Penalties for Tagging 125
9 Skinheads: Teenagers and Hate Crimes 129
Contemporary Teenage Skinheads 131
Recruitment of Teenage Skinheads by Racist Groups 144
Skinheads' Rules of Conduct 149
Explanations for the Rise of Such Gangs 150
10 Stoner Gangs and Satanic Youths 155
Running with the Home Boys 157
White Youth Gangs as Cults 158
Profiles of Stoners 161
Satanists: Devil's Children? 169
Profiles of Satanists 171
11 Reactions to Youthful Offenders 187
The School System Responds 189
The Mental Health System Responds 194
The Juvenile Justice System Responds 196
Reactions of Concerned Citizens 200
12 Generation Why?: Crisis at the Millennium 207
The Politics of Generations 208
The Demographics of Youth Culture 208
The Growing Influence of the Media 215
Final Thoughts 218
App. A: Methodology 223
App. B: Tables 228
Index 236
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