This new anthology offers a comprehensive overview of the essential topics in juvenile delinquency and justice. The selections encompass both landmark scholarship and cutting-edge research to expose students to a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches. Thematic section introductions provide context, while editors' notes draw attention to how a sociological perspective can deepen understanding of the topics at issue. The text uses compelling ethnographic studies to capture student interest. It addresses current concerns such as school shooters, occupational delinquency, gangsta rap, and drug courts. It highlights issues of race/ethnicity, gender, and class. It emphasizes critical approaches to adolescent subcultures and gang delinquency. It includes quantitative articles selected for their accessibility. The result is a lively and substantive grounding in the field. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the essential topics in the study of juvenile delinquency.
Ronald J. Berger is professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. His most recent books include Crime, Justice, and Society: An Introduction to Criminology (now in its 3rd edition) and Wheelchair Warrior: Gangs, Disability, and Basketball. Paul D. Gregory is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. He has been a probation officer and drug court evaluator and serves on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Association of Treatment Court Professionals.
Preface - the Editors. Juvenile Justice and Delinquency in Historical Perspective. Introduction - the Editors. The Child-Saving Movement and the Origins of the Juvenile Justice System - A. Platt. Best-Laid Plans: The Ideal Juvenile Court - E. Ryerson. History Overtakes the Juvenile Justice System - T. N. Ferdinand. The Measurement and Social Distribution of Delinquency. Introduction - the Editors. Gangs, Drugs, and Delinquency in a Survey of Urban Youth - F. -A. Esbensen and D. Huizinga. The Impact of Sex Composition on Gangs and Gang Member Delinquency - D. Peterson, J. Miller, and F. -A. Esbensen. The Social Psychology of Delinquency. Introduction - the Editors. Scared Straight: A Question of Deterrence - R. J. Lundman. Social Learning Theory, Drug Use, and American Indian Youths: A Cross-Cultural Test - L. T. Winfree, Jr., C. T. Griffiths, and C. S. Sellers. Delinquents' Perspectives on the Role of the Victim - C. Carpenter et al. Self-Definition by Rejection: The Case of Gang Girls - A. Campbell. Explaining School Shooters: The View from General Strain and Gender Theory - R. J. Berger. Social Structure and Delinquency: Family, Schools Community, and Work. Introduction - the Editors. Family Relationships and Delinquency - S. A. Cernkovich and P. C. Giordano. Players and Ho's - T. Williams and W. Kornblum. Getting Rid of Troublemakers: High School Disciplinary Procedures and the Production of Dropouts - C. Bowditch.
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