Delinquency Theories: Appraisals and Applications

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Taylor & Francis, Apr 1, 2011 - Law - 320 pages
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Delinquency Theories: Appraisals and applications provides a fulsome and accessible overview of contemporary theories of juvenile delinquency.

The book opens with a comprehensive description of what a theory is, and explains how theories are created in the social sciences. Following on, each subsequent chapter is dedicated to describing an individual theory, broken down and illustrated within four distinct sections. Initially, each chapter tells the tale of a delinquent youth, and from this example a thorough review of the particular theory and related research can be undertaken to explain the youth’s delinquent behaviour. The third and fourth sections of each chapter critically analyze the theories, and provide a straightforward discussion of policy implications of each, thus encouraging readers to evaluate the usefulness of these theories and also to consider the relationship between theory and policy.

This text is an invaluable resource for both undergraduate and graduate students of subjects such as youth justice, delinquency, social theory, and criminology.

 

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Contents

1 Theory and delinquency
1
2 Deterrence and delinquency
16
3 Biological theories of delinquency
33
4 Psychological theories of delinquency
58
5 Communities and delinquency
82
6 The stresses and strains of adolescence
103
7 Learning to be delinquent
123
8 Control theories of delinquency
145
10 Conflict and radical theories of delinquency
183
11 Postmodern and feminist views of delinquency
202
12 Integrating and elaborating theories of delinquency
220
13 Developmental theories of delinquency and crime
241
Notes
260
References
263
Index
301
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9 Labeling symbolic interaction and delinquency
165

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John P. Hoffmann is Professor of Sociology at Brigham Young University. His research interests include the etiology of juvenile delinquency and drug use over the life course. His research has appeared in Criminology, The Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and other journals.

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