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.
Table of Contents
1. Theory and Delinquency 2. Deterrence and Delinquency 3. Biological Theories of Delinquency 4. Psychological Theories of Delinquency 5. Communities and Delinquency 6. Strain Theories of Delinquency 7. Learning to be Delinquent 8. Control Theories of Delinquency 9. Labeling, Symbolic Interactionism, and Delinquency 10. Conflict and Radical Theories of Delinquency 11. Postmodern and Feminist Views of Delinquency 12. Integrating and Elaborating Theories of Delinquency 13. Developmental Theories of Delinquency and Crime
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.