Theories of Delinquency An Examination of Explanations of Delinquent Behavior

ISBN-10: 0195168453
ISBN-13: 9780195168457
Edition: 5th 2004 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/2/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Theories of Delinquency surveys the major theoretical approaches to understanding delinquent behavior, both biological and psychological. It features careful explanations of the major theories and analyzes each theory's underlying assumptions, the important concepts behind it, and finally the critical evaluations of the research associated with each theory presented.

Preface
Explanations of Delinquency
The Problem of Delinquency
The Issue of Causality
What Is a Theory?
Verification of Theories
The Plan of This Book
The Classical School: Issues of Choice and Reasoning
Historical Overview
Rational Choice Theory
Summary
Biological and Biosocial Explanations
Historical Overview
Generic Assumptions
Somatotypes and Delinquency
Inheritance and Delinquency
Emerging Trends in Biological Explanations of Delinquency
Summary
Psychological Theories
Historical Overview
Generic Assumptions
Intelligence and Delinquency
The Psychiatric-Psychoanalytic Approach
General Personality Characteristics
Summary
Social Disorganization and Anomie
Historical Overview
Generic Assumptions
Social Disorganization
Anomie and Delinquency: Discontinuities in Society
Summary
Lower-Class-Based Theories of Delinquency
Historical Overview and Generic Assumptions
Cohen and the Middle-Class Measuring Rod
Cloward and Ohlin's Theory of Differential Opportunity Structure
Miller's Theory of Lower-Class Culture and Delinquency
Summary
Interpersonal and Situational Explanations
Historical Overview
Generic Assumptions
Differential Association
Drift and Delinquency
Summary
Control Theories
Historical Overview
Generic Assumptions
Personal Controls
Social Controls-The Social Bond
Summary
Labeling Theory
Historical Overview
Generic Assumptions
Summary
The Radical Theory of Delinquency
Historical Overview
Beyond "Radical" Theory
Summary
Female Delinquency
Historical Overview
Basic Biological and Psychological Approaches
Gender Roles and Delinquency
Women's Emancipation
Evaluation
Power-Control Theory
Feminist Explanations of Female Delinquency
Summary
Delinquency Theory: An Integrative Approach
Integrated Theories: Some Considerations and a Proposed Model
Author Index
Subject Index

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