Critical Criminology

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 599–601 | Cite as

Kristin A. Bates and Richelle S. Swan: Juvenile Delinquency in a Diverse Society

Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, California, 2014, 452 pp.
  • Kimberly L. Barrett
Book Review

In Juvenile Delinquency in a Diverse Society, authors Kristin A. Bates and Richelle S. Swan put forward a textbook expressly designed to make gender, race, and class central to the discussion of juvenile delinquency. The authors propose that such a textbook is necessary by successfully arguing that the majority of delinquency textbooks are written from mainstream criminological orientations, and understate associations between social diversity and behavior. To address this gap in the literature, the authors approach delinquency from a critical perspective. Bates and Swan’s textbook devotes ample discussion to social control, and moves beyond purely theoretical discussions of critical theories, to policy initiatives and responses to juvenile delinquency grounded in critical frameworks. Ultimately, the abundant use of “real world” examples of juvenile justice policies and news items invites readers to think critically about delinquency at local, national, and global levels.


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eastern Michigan UniversityYpsilantiUSA

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