Teenage troubles: Youth and deviance in Canada

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Teenage Troubles: Youth and Deviance in Canada 3rd edition is a comprehensive analysis of youth and deviance in Canada that questions much of the conventional thinking about youthful misbehavior. Chapter 1 discusses the social construction of youth problems and the sources and nature of popular images of deviant youth. This discussion is contrasted by Chapter 2, which presents the reality of youth deviance, as measured by both official and unofficial accounts, and provides a largely descriptive account of patterns of adolescent deviance and victimization in Canada.

Chapter 3 explains subcultural theory and gives an account of the attempts to integrate theory into other sociological theories of delinquency. The book then goes on to apply the theory in an analysis of the main arenas in which adolescent subcultures emerge and where patterns of deviance and victimization are acted out: high school (Chapter 4) and the street (Chapter 5). Chapter 6 (new to the third edition) analyzes youth gangs, which are becoming a topic of increasing focus in public discourse on law and order issues in Canada.

In Chapter 7, the book turns special attention to female delinquency, usually an afterthought in most studies of youth deviance because most theory and research has been based on assumptions made about male behavior and experiences. Chapter 7 confronts the problem of distorted images of female delinquency, examines attempts to explain its patterns and incidence, and explores how female deviants have been dealt with by the criminal justice system. Chapter 8 follows by exploring the definitional questions introduced in the beginning of the book: why and how do societies like Canada respond as they do to the behavior of the young? The focus is on the intense debate surrounding young offender legislation (including the YCJA), shifting philosophies of juvenile justice, and different attempts to reduce levels of juvenile crime.

The book closes with a final chapter reviewing the main ideas and themes presented.

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Julian Tanner is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus. His current research interests include youth gangs in Toronto, youth culture and patterns of musical consumption, and rap music and cultures of resistance and cultures of crime. His previous publications include Fractured Transitions from School to Work (with Harvey Krahn and Tim Hartnagel, OUP 1995), and the first two editions of Teenage Troubles (1996 and 2001). He has also written a number of book chapters and journal articles dealing with youth culture, pop music, and the sociology of work.

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Book Description Nelson Thomson Learning, Scarborough, ON, Canada. Photographic Card Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Second Edition. Preface. Acknowledgments by author at University of Toronto. Chapter Headings: 1) Deviant Youth - The Social Construction of Youth problems, 2) The Reality of Youth Problems - What Do We Know about Deviant and Deliquent Youth and How Do We Know It ? 3) From Chicago to Birmingham and Beyond - The Development of Subcultural Theory in the United States and United Kingdom. 4) Schools, Delinquency, and Youth Culture - Questions of Conformity, Deviance and Resistance, 5) Out on the Streets - Subcultural Activity among the Young and Marginal, 6) She's a Rebel ? Female Deviance and Reactions to It, 7) From DFelinquency to Youth Crime - The Young Offenders Act and the Response to juvenile Offenders in Canada, 8) Summary and Conclusions. 258 pp. plus: References, Name Index, Subject Index. 292 pp. in toto. Book has soft corners, light shelf wear, first 10 pp. starting at heel of spine, 4" crease bottom rear corner. SIGNED by Julian Tanner in red ink. Bookseller's Inventory # 160159. Size: 9" X 6". By Author. Bookseller Inventory # 000159

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