Delinquent Youth in a Transforming China

A Generation of Strain

  • Wan-Ning Bao

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Wan-Ning Bao
    Pages 1-27
  3. Wan-Ning Bao
    Pages 203-226
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 227-270

About this book


This book explores two major social problems facing Chinese society today: increased strain in the lives of young people and heightened rates of crime and delinquency, ultimately examining the links between them. More broadly, it draws on Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory and Agnew’s general strain theory to examine the factors and processes affecting young people, leading to life strain and delinquency. It represents the first study of this kind and involves the most systematic and comprehensive literature review of studies on major social, economic, political and cultural changes, as well as youth crime in contemporary China. Bao’s arguments are supported by empirical evidence including data findings and over a decade’s worth of observational research. Shedding new light on the nature of youth crime in a rapidly changing society, this methodical study will benefit policy makers and researchers, helping them to develop tactics and methods to reduce strain in the lives of young people, and thus effectively prevent delinquency in China.     


Criminology Criminal justice Asia China Sociology General strain theory Durkheim Offender Youth offending

Authors and affiliations

  • Wan-Ning Bao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyIndiana University-Purdue University IndianapolisIndianapolisUSA

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