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Title:
America's safest city : delinquency and modernity in suburbia
Author:
Singer, Simon I., author.
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Publication Information:
New York : New York University Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
xii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Summary:
"Since the mid-1990s, the fast-growing suburb of Amherst, NY has been voted by numerous publications as one of the safest places to live in America. Yet, like many of America's seemingly idyllic suburbs, Amherst is by no means without crime--especially when it comes to adolescents. In America's Safest City, noted juvenile justice scholar Simon I. Singer uses the types of delinquency seen in Amherst as a case study illuminating the roots of juvenile offending and deviance in modern society. If we are to understand delinquency, Singer argues, we must understand it not just in impoverished areas, but in affluent ones as well.Drawing on ethnographic work, interviews with troubled youth, parents and service providers, and extensive surveys of teenage residents in Amherst, the book illustrates how a suburban environment is able to provide its youth with opportunities to avoid frequent delinquencies. Singer compares the most delinquent teens he surveys with the least delinquent, analyzing the circumstances that did or did not lead them to deviance and the ways in which they confront their personal difficulties, societal discontents, and serious troubles. Adolescents, parents, teachers, coaches and officials, he concludes, are able in this suburban setting to recognize teens' need for ongoing sources of trust, empathy, and identity in a multitude of social settings, allowing them to become what Singer terms 'relationally modern' individuals better equipped to deal with the trials and tribulations of modern life. A unique and comprehensive study, America's Safest City is a major new addition to scholarship on juveniles and crime in America"--
Language:
English
Contents:
America's safest cities -- Confronting modernity and adolescence -- Relational modernity -- Beyond a street-corner view of delinquency -- Trouble with youth in America's safest city -- Suburbia's discontents -- Safe-city offending -- Safe cities and the struggle to be relationally modern.
ISBN:
9780814760536

9780814760802
Format :
Book

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Winner of the American Society of Criminology 2015 Michael J. Hindelang Book Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to Research in Criminology Since the mid-1990s, the fast-growing suburb of Amherst, NY has been voted by numerous publications as one of the safest places to live in America. Yet, like many of America's seemingly idyllic suburbs, Amherst is by no means without crime--especially when it comes to adolescents. In America's Safest City , noted juvenile justice scholar Simon I. Singer uses the types of delinquency seen in Amherst as a case study illuminating the roots of juvenile offending and deviance in modern society. If we are to understand delinquency, Singer argues, we must understand it not just in impoverished areas, but in affluent ones as well.

Drawing on ethnographic work, interviews with troubled youth, parents and service providers, and extensive surveys of teenage residents in Amherst, the book illustrates how a suburban environment is able to provide its youth with opportunities to avoid frequent delinquencies. Singer compares the most delinquent teens he surveys with the least delinquent, analyzing the circumstances that did or did not lead them to deviance and the ways in which they confront their personal difficulties, societal discontents, and serious troubles. Adolescents, parents, teachers, coaches and officials, he concludes, are able in this suburban setting to recognize teens' need for ongoing sources of trust, empathy, and identity in a multitude of social settings, allowing them to become what Singer terms 'relationally modern' individuals better equipped to deal with the trials and tribulations of modern life. A unique and comprehensive study, America's Safest City is a major new addition to scholarship on juveniles and crime in America.

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Using a wealth of ethnographic research and detailed data, noted juvenile justice scholar Singer (criminology and criminal justice, Northeastern Univ.) details how the occurrence of delinquency is effected and affected by where people live. He cautions that bad parenting or bad neighborhoods cannot solely explain delinquency. Criminal justice scholars must also take into account how parents parent, how schools teach, the availability of recreational programs, and how juvenile justice institutions provide preventive rehabilitative programs (alternative programs for offending youths). Singer also reveals that in maximum-security prisons for juveniles, many juvenile inmates come from poverty-stricken neighborhoods, and much fewer come from middle-class families. The social class difference is because "... impoverished youth lack opportunities for prevention, treatment, or diversion ..." immediately after committing their first serious offenses. Equally important is that impoverished youths have experienced harsh lives coupled with more arrests without the second and third chances available to middle-class youthful offenders. The effects of relational modernity (chapter 3) also discuss how parents of youths who commit fewer offenses are quick to prevent adolescent problematic behaviors and effectively eliminate future criminalistic transgressions with counseling and by diverting their teenagers into rehabilitative programs. This volume is packed with solid, illuminating findings. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. --Peter J. Venturelli, Valparaiso University


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