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Girls, delinquency, and juvenile justice

Author: Meda Chesney-Lind; Randall G Shelden
Publisher: Belmont, CA : Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, ©2004.
Series: Contemporary issues in crime and justice series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Third editionView all editions and formats
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Filling a tremendous gap in criminological literature, Girls, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice focuses on the special problems delinquent girls face within our criminal justice system ... and exposes the system's failed attempts to apply male-oriented theories to the delinquency of females. Authors Meda Chesney-Lind and Randall G. Shelden include the relevance of classic theories of delinquency to female juveniles;  Read more...
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Chesney-Lind, Meda.
Girls, delinquency, and juvenile justice.
Belmont, CA : Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, ©2004
(OCoLC)606997527
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Meda Chesney-Lind; Randall G Shelden
ISBN: 0534557740 9780534557744
OCLC Number: 53139056
Description: xvi, 345 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction : why a book on girls and juvenile justice? --
2. The extent of female delinquency --
Recent trends : national arrest data --
Self-report surveys --
Delinquent careers --
Racial differences --
3. The nature of female delinquency --
Girls and shoplifting --
Status offenses --
Runaways --
Prostitution among girls --
International prostitution --
Girls and violence --
Relabeling status offenses --
Aggression and gender --
Girls and robbery --
4. 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 --
5. 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 --
6. 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 --
7. 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 --
8. 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 --
9. 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 --
10. 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 --
11. 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" --
Violence --
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 --
12. Conclusions.
Series Title: Contemporary issues in crime and justice series.
Responsibility: Meda Chesney-Lind, Randall G. Shelden.

Abstract:

Filling a tremendous gap in criminological literature, Girls, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice focuses on the special problems delinquent girls face within our criminal justice system ... and exposes the system's failed attempts to apply male-oriented theories to the delinquency of females. Authors Meda Chesney-Lind and Randall G. Shelden include the relevance of classic theories of delinquency to female juveniles; an impressive amount of historical data and numerous contemporary studies to show that, often, mainstream theories and approaches don't work with female juveniles; and ten in-depth interviews with delinquent girls who share their experiences in the criminal justice system. In addition to greater theoretical development, this second edition has been thoroughly updated with a separate chapter on girls in gangs; important new statistics; and more information on the use of drugs and alcohol, drug-addicted babies, the impact of the newest legislation, and the relative success of alternative programs to incarceration.

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