Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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This ethnic and racially diverse text traces the growth and development of the juvenile delinquent field, with historical essays and contemporary research that show how a sociological perspective can be insightful, interesting, and relevant. The material has been selected from a wide range of sources using a variety of approaches: from social science surveys to ethnographic and gripping journalistic accounts that portray the day-to-day life experiences of delinquent youths and the gritty realities of life on the streets. The reader will come away with a thorough understanding of the contributions of sociology to the sutdy of juvenile delinquency, and a firm grounding in the essential issues of the field.
Table of Contents1. The Social Construction of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency. 2. The Measurement and Social Distribution of Delinquency. 3. The Social Psychology of Delinquency. 4. Social Structural and Institutional Influences on Delinquency. 5. The Delinquent Experience: Girls, Guys, Drugs, and Gangs. 6. The Contemporary Juvenile Justice System. Conclusion: The Politics of Juvenile Justice and Future Directions.