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Girls, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice

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ISBN-10: 0534557740

ISBN-13: 9780534557744

Edition: 3rd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Meda Chesney-Lind, Randall G. Shelden

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This award-winning text was the first book devoted solely to the topic of female delinquency and the treatment of young girls by the juvenile justice system. It sheds new light on the special problems of delinquent girls by taking into account what it is like to grow up female in a patriarchal society. Based on extensive and original research, the text provides compelling firsthand accounts as well as solid research and theory.
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Book details

List price: $94.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Meda Chesney-Lind is Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Hawaii, and a B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Whitman College. She has served as Vice President of the American Society of Criminology and president of the Western Society of Criminology. Nationally recognized for her work on women and crime, her books include Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice, The Female Offender: Girls, Women and Crime, Female Gangs in America, Invisible Punishment, Girls, Women and Crime, and Beyond Bad Girls: Gender Violence and Hype. She has just finished an edited collection on trends in girls' violence, entitled Fighting for…    

Randall G. Shelden is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas UNLV), where he has been a faculty member since 1977. He received the UNLV Alumni award for Outstanding Teacher in 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1992 and 1993. He is the author or co-author of 16 books, including GIRLS, DELINQUENCY, AND JUVENILE JUSTICE (3rd Edition), with Meda Chesney-Lind (which received the Hindelang Award for outstanding contribution to Criminology in 1992); CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICAN SOCIETY (with William Brown, Karen Miller, and Randall Fritzler, Waveland Press); CONTROLLING THE DANGEROUS CLASSES: THE HISTORY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE (2nd Edition, Allyn and Bacon); DELINQUENCY…    

Introduction: Why a Book on Girls and Juvenile Justice?
The Extent of Female Delinquency
Recent Trends: National Arrest Data
Self-Report Surveys
Delinquent Careers
Racial Differences
The Nature of Female Delinquency
Girls and Shoplifting
Status Offenses
Prostitution Among Girls
International Prostitution
Girls and Violence
Relabeling Status Offenses
Aggression and Gender
Girls and Robbery
Girls and Gangs
Trends in Girl Gang Membership
Girl Gang Membership and Crimes
Types of Female Gangs
Moving Beyond the Stereotypes: The Social Context of Girl Gangs
Class and Race
Crime and Drugs
Reasons for Joining the Gang
Relationship with Males and Male Gangs
Family-Related Issues
School and Work
Some Concluding Thoughts
Theories of Female Crime and Delinquency
Early Theories of Female Delinquency
Sociological Theories of (Male) Delinquency: Do They Apply to Girls?
Social Disorganization/Social Ecology Theory
Strain Theory
Cultural Deviance Theories
Cohen's "Culture of the Gang"
Miller's "Lower Class Culture"
Differential Association
Control Theory
Labeling Theory
Critical/Marxist Perspectives
A Concluding Note
Gender Roles and Delinquency in Girls: The Beginnings of a Theory of Female Delinquency
The Women's Movement and Female Crime
Feminist Criminology
Girls' Lives and Girls' Delinquency
Growing Up Female
Girls, Parents, and Peers
Girls and the Sexual Double Standard
An Overview of Girls' Victimization
Girls' Victimization and Female Delinquency
Contemporary Delinquency Research and Gender
Girls and the Juvenile Justice System: A Historical Overview
The Doctrine of Parens Patriae, Stubborn Children, and Houses of Refuge: Roots of a Double Standard of Juvenile Justice
Ex Parte Crouse
The Child-Saving Movement and the Juvenile Court
"The Best Place to Conquer Girls"
The Juvenile Court and the Double Standard of Juvenile Justice
Deinstitutionalization and Judicial Paternalism: Challenges to the Double Standard of Juvenile Justice
Unpopular Reform?
Recent Trends: Finally a Focus on Girls, and the Republican Backlash
The Contemporary Juvenile Justice System and Girls, Part I: Police and Juvenile Court Processing
An Overview of the System and Process
The Rights of Juveniles: A Review of Key Cases
Implications of Supreme Court Rulings for Girls
Getting into the System
Girls on the Streets
Girls at the Station House
Delinquents in Court
Gender and Delinquency Referrals
Comparing Girls and Boys in Court
Girls, Race, and the New Double Standard of Juvenile Justice
The Contemporary Juvenile Justice System and Girls, Part II: Girls in Institutions
Youths in Institutions: A National Overview
Number of Girls in Institutions
Demographic Characteristics of Youths in Institutions
Characteristics of Girls in Correctional Facilities
Girls in Detention
Girls in Adult Jails
Conditions for Girls in Jail
Girls in Training Schools
The Inmate Subculture and Social System
Girls, Race, and Institutionalization
Deinstitutionalization or Trans-Institutionalization? Girls and the Mental Health System
In Their Own Words: Interviews with Girls and Boys on the Margins
Interpreting Ethnicity and Gender in Hawaii: A Case Study
Study Methodology
The Youth Participants
Focus Group Questions and Session Dynamics
Key Findings of the Study
"I Thought That One of My Teachers ... Was Against Samoans Li'dat."
"But All We da Best In? Violence."
"... They Dress as Hoochie Mammas--You Know, Like Hookers."
Some Concluding Thoughts
The "Risky" Lives of Girl Delinquents: Bottcher's California Study
Programs for Girls in Trouble
Traditional Approaches
Juvenile Diversion
The Detention Diversion Advocacy Project (DDAP)
Gender Differences
Foster Care and Group Homes
The Ideal Program
Shortchanging Girls: Patterns within Youth-Serving Programs
Are Gender-Specific Programs Necessary?
Programmings as if Girls Mattered: Getting Past Girls Watching Boys Play Sports
Lack of Validated Gender-Specific Programs: Programming and the "Forgotten Few"
Running Away, Education, and Trauma
Peers and the Importance of Age
Recreation: Beyond Cheerleading
Programs for Girls
Children of the Night
National Programs of Girls, Incorporated
Local Programs Sponsored by Girls, Incorporated
Policy Implications and Future Directions