Sociology 4141 - Juvenile Delinquency: 1-2:15 M/W in 110 Blegen Hall

LECTURE SLIDES [note: links available prior to lecture]


Week 1 – 9/06 Welcome and Data Collection/Defining and Measuring Delinquency (color slides)

A. Introduction: Welcome and Data Collection

Week 2 - 9/11 & 9/13 Extent and Nature of Delinquency: Official Statistics, Self-Reports, Victimization [color slides here]

A. Extent and Nature of Delinquency: Official Statistics


Week 3 –9/18 & 9/20 From Correlates to Causal Models (Age, Careers, and the Life Course and Rational Choice) [color slides here]

A. Age, Careers, and the Life Course

Week 4 – 9/25 & 9/27: Delinquent Association and Learning

A. Social Psychological Theories: Differential Association

  • Sutherland, Edwin H. and Donald R. Cressey. “A Sociological Theory of Criminal Behavior.” Pp. 77-83 in Criminology 10th Edition.
  • CWB, Chapter 1. Ronald L. Akers Gary F. Jensen. “The Empirical Status of Social Learning Theory of Crime and Deviance: The Past, Present, and Future.” Pp. 37-76.

B. "Moving to Opportunity

Week 5 – 10/02 & 10/04: Learning and Control Theories

A. Cognitive Behavioral Approaches, Learning, and Control

B. Social Psychological Theories: Social Control & Self Control

  • Hirschi, Travis. 1969. Causes of Delinquency. Berkeley: University of California Press. Chapter 2. Pp. 16-34.
  • CWB, Chapter 2. Michael R. Gottfredson, “The Empirical Status of Control Theory in Criminology.” Pp. 77-100.

Week 6 – 10/09 & 10/11: Labeling and Symbolic Interaction in the Life Course -- distribute midterm study guide

A. Labeling Theories and the Life Course

B. Summary and Review of Social-Psychological Theories & Data

Week 7 – 10/16 & 10/18: Gangs, Neighborhoods, and Social Disorganization

A. 10/16 Review Session (with Suzy McElrath)

B. 10/18 Midterm Examination, covering material through 10/11

Week 8 - 10/23 & 10/25: Social Structural Theories

A. Racism, Neighborhoods, and Gangs

  • Rios, Chapter 4. “The Coupling of Criminal Justice and Community Institutions.” Pp. 74-96.
  • Du Bois, W.E.B. 1899. The Philadelphia Negro (excerpt) “The Negro Criminal.” Pp. 1-15.

B. Social Structural Theories: Social Disorganization                                    

  • Shaw, Clifford, and Henry H. McKay. 1931. Juvenile Delinquency in Urban Areas. Chapter X. Pp. 283-293.
  • Sampson, Robert J. 2008. “Rethinking Crime and Immigration.” Contexts 28-33.
  • CWB, Chapter 5. Robert J. Sampson. “Collective Efficacy Theory: Lessons Learned and Directions for Future Inquiry.” Pp. 149-168.

(show film at some point in this portion of the class: Angels with Dirty Faces)

Week 9 – 10/30 & 11/1: Anomie and Individual-Level Strain Variants                

A. Social Structural Theories: Anomie                        

  • Merton, Robert K. 1938. “Social Structure and Anomie.” American Sociological Review 3:672-82.
  • CWB, Chapter 4. Steven F. Messner and Richard Rosenfeld. “The Present and Future of Institutional-Anomie Theory.” Pp. 127-148.

B. General Strain Theory

  • Rios, Chapter 5. “Dummy Smart: Misrecognition, Acting Out, and Going Dumb.” Pp. 97-123.
  • CWB, Chapter 3. Robert Agnew. “General Strain Theory: Current Status and Directions for Further Research.” Pp. 101-125.

          NOTE: Midterm Evaluations

Week 10 – 11/6 & 11/8: Critical Marxian and Feminist Theories

A. Social Structural Theories: Marxian and Conflict Theories

  • Wacquant, Loic. 2012. “The Punitive Regulation of Poverty in the Neoliberal Era.”  Criminal Justice Matters 89:38-40.
  • CWB, Chapter 7, Michael J. Lynch, Herman Schwendinger, and Julia Schwendinger. “The Status of Empirical Research in Radical Criminology.” Pp. 191-217.

B. Gender, Social Structure, and Feminist Criminology

  • CWB, Chapter 8. Jody Miller and Christopher W. Mullins. ”The Status of Feminist Theories in Criminology.” Pp. 217-50.
  • Rios, Chapter 6. “Proving Manhood: Masculinity as a Rehabilitative Tool.” Pp. 124-41.


Week 11 –11/13 & 11/15: Prevention and Introduction to Juvenile Justice 

A. Prevention and Introduction to Juvenile Justice

B. Paper Drafts Due: Workshop (Chelsea Carlson) (ASC Meetings)

Week 12 – 11/20 & 11/22: Juvenile Justice, Gender, and Policing

A. The Juvenile Justice System and the “Gender Gap”  

B. Police and the Juvenile Court *Papers Due at the Beginning of Class

  • CWB, Chapter 14. John Braithwaite, Eliza Ahmed, and Valerie Braithwaite. “Shame, Restorative Justice, and Crime.” Pp. 397-417.
  • Rios, Chapter 7. “Guilty by Association: Acting White or Acting Lawful?” Pp. 142-56.

Week 13 – 11/27 & 11/29: Probation and Institutionalization -- distribute final study guide    

A. Probation

B. Institutionalization

  • CWB, Chapter 15. Paul Gendreau, Paula Smith, and Sheila A. French. “The Theory of Effective Correctional Intervention: Empirical Status and Future Directions.” Pp. 419-446.
  • Michelle Inderbitzin, Trevor Walraven, and Joshua Cain. 2014. “Juvenile Lifers, Learning to Lead.” In Crime and the Punished, edited by Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen. New York: WW Norton.

Week 14 –12/4 & 12/6 Conclusions, Class Discussion, and Review  

A. Institutionalization and Conclusion

  • Richard Rosenfeld and Steven F. Messner. 2014. “A Social Welfare Critique of Contemporary Crime Control.” Pp. 155-70 in Crime and the Punished, edited by Douglas Hartmann and Christopher Uggen. New York: WW Norton.
  • Rios, Conclusion. “Toward a Youth Support Complex.” Pp. 157-167.

Week 15 – 12/11 & 12/13: Review and Second Midterm Examination

A. 12/11: Class Discussion and Review (Suzy McElrath)

B. 12/13: Second Midterm Examination [Makeup opportunity for those missing the 12/13 exam, 12/18: 8-10 am]


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