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Juvenile Delinquency and Justice: Sociological Perspectives

Ronald J. Berger and Paul D. Gregory, editors
Juvenile Delinquency and Justice: Sociological Perspectives
ISBN: 978-1-58826-631-6
$38.50
2009/593 pages/LC: 2008054167
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"With an occasional assigned journal article, one could teach a juvenile delinquency overview or survey course using this reader as a core text."—James R. McIntosh, Teaching Sociology

“A varied and deep collection of important criminological work…. highly useful for the classroom.”—Randy Blazak, Portland State University

 “Valuable for scholars as well as students…. The richness of the ethnographic studies will be of particular interest to all of those seeking a deeper understanding of juvenile delinquency and justice.”—Carla Davis, Beloit College

DESCRIPTION

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 and editors’ notes provide context and 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
  • addresses current concerns such as school shooters, occupational delinquency, gangsta rap, and drug courts
  • highlights issues of race/ethnicity, gender, and class
  • emphasizes critical approaches to adolescent subcultures and gang delinquency
  • includes quantitative articles selected for their accessibility

The result is a lively and substantive grounding in the field.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ronald J. Berger is professor emeritus 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.

CONTENTS

  • Preface.
  • JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE.
  • Introduction to Part 1—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 to Part 2—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 to Part 3—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, B. Glassner, B.D. Johnson, J. Loughlin, and M. Ksander.
  • 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 to Part 4—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.
  • Organizing the Community for Delinquency Prevention—R.J. Berger.
  • Juvenile Involvement in Occupational Delinquency—J.P. Wright and F.T. Cullen.
  • LAW-VIOLATING YOUTH GROUPS AND GANG DELINQUENCY.
  • Introduction to Part 5—the Editors.
  • The Saints and the Roughnecks—W.J. Chambliss.
  • Adolescent Subcultures, Social Type Metaphors, and Group Delinquency: Continuity and Change—R.J. Berger.
  • Urban Street Gangs: Class, Race/Ethnicity, and Gender—R.J. Berger.
  • Gangstas, Thugs, and Hustlas: Identity and the Code of the Street in Rap Music—C.E. Kubrin.
  • Community Tolerance of Gang Violence—R. Horowitz.
  • THE CONTEMPORARY JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM.
  • Introduction to Part 6—the Editors.
  • Legal and Extralegal Factors in Police and Court Processing of Juveniles—R.J. Berger.
  • Gang Members and the Police—C. Werthman and I. Piliavin.
  • Judging Delinquents—R.M. Emerson.
  • A Comparative Analysis of Organizational Structure and Inmate Subcultures in Institutions for Juvenile Offenders—B.C. Feld.
  • Viable Options: Intensive Supervision Programs for Juvenile Delinquents—W.H. Barton and J.A. Butts.
  • Evaluating Juvenile Drug Courts: Shedding Light into the Theoretical Black Box—P.D. Gregory, K.E. DeVall, and D.J. Hartmann.
  • APPENDIX: NOTE ON STATISTICAL TECHNIQUES.