In this conversational, jargon-free text with its clear and thorough presentation of theories of delinquency, Regoli and Hewitt make delinquency interesting to read about. It is no encyclopedic compendium, but a critical look at a very serious problem.
This edition is thoroughly updated to reflect the most current trends and developments. In clear and accessible language the authors prepare their readers to understand all facets of delinquency, including discussions of the history, institutional context, and societal reactions to delinquent behavior, the major biological, psychological, and sociological theories of behavior, and the variety of policy implications derived from those theories.
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Now available in paperback and streamlined (only 15 chapters compared with 18 in the 3rd edition) to better fit a one-semester course, without sacrificing the quality and appeal of the previous edition
New 'Getting Connected' Internet exercises at the end of each chapter direct students to supplementary websites on topics discussed in the chapter.
Discussions of biological and sociological theories have been combined from previous chapters 4 and 5, to create a single comprehensive chapter 4, 'Biological and Psychological Theories.'
The previous edition's chapter on juvenile diversion has been removed, with essential information integrated into the chapters on the police and the juvenile court, to make room for discussion of current societal responses to juvenile delinquency.
One of the most current texts available, Delinquency in Society, 4/e has added coverage of controversial contemporary issues such as school violence and the competing theories used to explain it, school dropouts, gang resistance education, and juveniles in adult prison.
Provides a balanced theoretical approach to the study of delinquency, exploring the historical, biological, psychological, and sociological explanations for delinquency, as well as looking beyond the system to the children and youths involved.
Delinquency in Society, 4/e offers the most complete coverage of female delinquency, including information on the significance of gender role development.
The authors devote an entire chapter to youth violence, including contemporary topics such as gangs, drugs, the role of firearms, and violence prevention.
This edition retains its clear and thorough presentation of theories of delinquency. Summary tools such as 'Theories in a Nutshell' and 'Theory Maps' illustrate the defining points of major theories.
Robert M. Regoli is professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. In 1975, he received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Professor Regoli is the author of nearly 100 journal publications and books, and is past-President and Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
John D. Hewitt is professor of criminal justice at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his B.A. degree in history, with a concentration in Far Eastern studies, from Western Washington State College (1968), and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University (1975). Professor Hewitt is the author or co-author of four books and more than 30 articles. His writings have been published in journals such as Justice Quarterly, Crime and Delinquency, Law and Human Behavior, Social Forces, Journal of Social Research, and Law and Policy Quarterly.
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