Synopses & Reviews
Offering a unique look at subcategories of delinquent youth, primarily suburban youth, Wooden/Blazak use qualitative research strategies to explore how basically good kids can move from the fringes of society to delinquent activities. Accordingly, this text investigates everything from the harmless life of the mall rat to the volatile and dangerous world of skinheads, Satanists, and tagger crews, as well as the culture in the California Youth Authority. This new edition includes more information about girls and different races, as well as the latest information about group typologies. The author quotes from the popular media to highlight his points and make conceptual material relevant to students.
An examination of youth culture studies teenage social groups in suburban Los Angeles who are on the fringes of the mainstream. Wooden uses qualitative research strategies to find out how basically good kids move from being renegades to outlaws. Accordingly, the book investigates everything from the harmless life of the mall rat to the volatile and dangerous world of tagger crews, skinheads, and culture in he California Youth Authority. The author quotes from the popular media to highlight his points and make conceptual material relevant for students.
-- Information on delinquency theory
-- Increased coverage of gender issues
-- Information on the methodology of juvenile studies
-- Demographics of national juvenile statistics
-- Coverage of school violence
-- New concluding chapter on Generation Why
Table of Contents
Foreword. l. Introduction to the Problem. 2. Understanding Why Youth Become Deviant. I. Renegade Kids. 3. Mall Rats and Life in the Mall. 4. Kicking Back at Raging High. 5. Punks and Anarchy: Changes in the Youth Scene. 6. Gutter-Punks and the Lure of the Street. II. Suburban Outlaws. 7. Suburban School Shooters. 8. Tagger Crews and Members of the Posse. 9. Skinheads: Teenagers and Hate Crime. 10. Stoner Gangs and Satanic Youth. III. Societal Responses And Trends. 11. Reactions to Youthful Offenders. 12. Generation Why? Crisis at the Millennium. Final Thoughts. Appendices A: Methodology. Appendix B: Index.