Juvenile Delinquency and Socioeconomics
An exploration of the research on how an individual's social class or economic upbringing (SES) influences deviant behavior.
# 117776 | 4,908 words | 11 sources | APA | 2009 |
Published on Dec 20, 2009 in Child, Youth Issues (Teen, Adult Issues) , Sociology (Theory) , Criminology (Juvenile Justice) , Education (Social Issues)
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The paper examines the literature on the juvenile justice system and juvenile programs and the relevance of gender theory, labeling theory, control theory and the presence of racial profiling. The paper highlights how juvenile gang members who go through the juvenile justice system generally do not enter with a great deal of education and do not leave any better off. The paper also discusses the studies that show how these juveniles may be disadvantaged in the first place because of a lack of socio economic opportunity. The paper recommends that the program of the future involve parents more actively.
From the Paper:"There is also the issue of the conflation of poverty and lower socio-economic status with immigrant and minority groups in the US, which can also be related to variables of delinquent behavior, or behavior that challenges the codes and status quo of the society as well as its educational system. There is still a racial divide in the country between whites and minorities regarding the percentages of these demographic populations who are faced with issues of poverty, bad housing, unstable communities, crime, and drug use. The uneven distribution of wealth in the country should not be a reflection of what some call the uneven distribution of quality education. It is an important and justified issue to consider, because the professional must be willing to get these issues out into the open in terms of advocacy, as well as implementing programs that help not just a select group of students, but all students, no mater where there are from socio-economically."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Akers, R and C Sellers (2004). Criminological Theories. New York: Roxbury.
- Akers, R (1996). Is differing association learning cultural deviance theory? Criminology.
- Fine, G (2006). The chaining of social problems. Social Problems.
- Kurbin, C, T Stucky, M Krohn (2009). Researching Theories of Crime and Deviance. New York: Oxford.
- Lynch, M (2000). Class, race gender and criminology. Chapter 1.
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