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Delinquency in Society, Ninth Edition

Author(s): Robert M. Regoli, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado Boulder
John D. Hewitt, PhD, Professor, Grand Valley State University
Matt DeLisi, PhD, Professor, Iowa State University
  • ISBN-13: 9781449692414
  • Product With Access Code    528 pages      © 2014
Price: $173.95 US List
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A Thoroughly Revised and Updated Ninth Edition of the Leading Text in the Field

Delinquency in Society, Ninth Edition is a balanced and up-to-date examination of the historical, social, and theoretical contexts of delinquency. A comprehensive and systematic overview of juvenile delinquency, criminal behavior, and status-offending youths, the text includes an overview of critical theories on delinquency and juvenile crime as well as a review of historical and institutional responses to delinquency. Clear, accessible language, a student-friendly approach, and fully updated research make the text suitable for students in undergraduate and graduate criminology and sociology programs. The text’s focus on interdisciplinary analysis encourages student critical thinking and connection-building.

The revised and updated ninth edition includes new sections on gender and violence, biological and biosocial theories of violence, gang violence, and an expanded discussion of bullying in schools, zero-tolerance policies, and reducing school risk factors for bullying. The Ninth Edition incorporates the most current statistics and research and includes case studies and discussion questions to prompt student engagement and self-directed study. Long considered the best and most accessible text available on delinquency, Delinquency in Society, Ninth Edition is the most thoroughly and accurately researched delinquency text on the market and is a superb reference for students at all stages of their academic careers.

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Features & Benefits

  • Offers a balanced, apolitical approach that prompts student engagement, discussion, and critical thinking
  • Presents the most current research across multiple related fields, including psychology, psychiatry, and public health
  • Contains new, up-to-date content, including new box features throughout that provide further insight into contemporary issues
  • Provides a student-friendly approach designed to engage students and encourage exploration and self-directed study
  • Accompanied by a full ancillary suite of instructor support materials, including PowerPoint lecture outlines, an Image Bank, and a Test Bank
  • Every new printed copy includes full student access to the companion website, which features a variety of interactive and engaging study tools

Applicable Courses

This text is ideal for the following courses offered by both Criminal Justice and Social Sciences departments:

  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Youth and Crime
  • Youth and Society
Section  1  Nature and Extent of Delinquency
  Chapter  1  Defining Delinquency
  Chapter  2  Measuring Delinquency
Section  2  Delinquency Theories
  Chapter  3  Choice and Biological Theories
  Chapter  4  Psychological Theories
  Chapter  5  Sociological Theories: Cultural Deviance, Strain, and Social Control
  Chapter  6  Sociological Theories: Labeling and Conflict
  Chapter  7  Developmental Theories
  Chapter  8  Female Delinquency Theories
Section  3  The Social Context of Delinquency
  Chapter  9  The Family and Delinquency
  Chapter  10  Schools and Delinquency
  Chapter  11  Violence, Drug Use, and Delinquency
  Chapter  12  Peer Group and Gang Delinquency
Section  4  Special Topics
  Chapter  13  The Juvenile Justice System
  Chapter  14  Delinquency Prevention

Robert M. Regoli, PhD-Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado Boulder

Robert M. Regoli is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Colorado. In 1975, he received his PhD in sociology from Washington State University. Professor Regoli has found himself in an assortment of roles in the criminal justice system. In addition to having published more than 100 scholarly papers and authoring more than 10 books on topics ranging from police cynicism and causes of delinquency to unreported rule infractions in prisons, he also has been a crime victim, misdemeanor offender, criminal complainant and witness,  jury member, and legal consultant. Dr. Regoli is also a past-president and fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, former executive editor of The Social Science Journal, recipient of two William J. Fulbright senior specialist awards, and member of Phi Beta Kappa. Today, Dr. Regoli’s research is focused on the social organization of the fast-growing sport of pickleball, with an eye toward understanding the evolution of the game’s norms, roles, hierarchies, and mechanisms of social control that affect its play.

John D. Hewitt, PhD-Professor, Grand Valley State University

John D. Hewitt recently retired as professor of criminal justice at Grand Valley State University. He was born in Carmel, California, grew up in Indiana, and then completed his undergraduate work at Western Washington State College and his PhD at Washington State University. He has taught for more 30 years at small and large state colleges and universities, as well as in small liberal arts colleges in the Midwest and West. During his career, Dr. Hewitt was a member of the Board of Directors of the Delaware County Youth Services Bureau, president of the Board of Directors at Bethel Place for Boys, and testified as an expert witness in Arizona on the identification of youth gangs in schools. He has written extensively about issues of crime, criminal justice, and delinquency, including co-authoring Exploring Criminal Justice (with Robert Regoli, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2008); Exploring Criminal Justice: The Essentials (with Robert Regoli, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2017); and The Impact of Sentencing Reform, as well as numerous articles on issues ranging from the oppression of children and adolescent risk taking, to youth gangs and violence and juvenile justice policy in The People’s Republic of China.

Matt DeLisi, PhD-Professor, Iowa State University

Matt DeLisi is coordinator of criminal justice studies, professor in the department of sociology, and faculty affiliate with the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University. Professor DeLisi has published nearly 350 scholarly works and his research interests are juvenile delinquency, criminal careers, psychopathy and psychopathology, molecular and behavioral genetics, inmate behavior, and testing criminological theories. Professor DeLisi is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Criminal Justice and is fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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