The Prevention and Control of Delinquency

The Prevention and Control of Delinquency


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The Prevention and Control of Delinquency by Robert MacIver

In this important classic work, one of America's foremost social scientists introduces a signifi cant approach to the causation of delinquency and advances an all-inclusive strategy for coping with a national problem of continuing concern. MacIver shows that delinquency is caused by a complex and bewildering interplay of many factors and is not susceptible to simplistic explanations and solutions. He advances reasoned critiques of various theories regarding the causation of delinquency, while suggesting that the two combined factors most closely associated with delinquency-despite its increase among middle class youth-are urbanized poverty and ethnic or racial discrimination. Citing the encouraging results obtained by the establishment of "predelinquent gangs" by various organizations, he demonstrates that prevention of delinquency is far more successful than rehabilitation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780202361604
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/15/2007
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Robert M. MacIver (1882-1970) was Lieber Professor of Political Philosophy and Sociology at Columbia University (1929-1950) and held many other academic posts, directorships and honorary degrees, and in 1962 came out of retirement to be chancellor of the New School for Social Research. Among his most important books were Social Causation and Community: A Sociological Study.

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