Skip to main content
Article
Review of Juvenile Delinquency: Causes and Control (2nd edition) by Robert Agnew
Criminology and Criminal Justice Faculty Publications
  • Ryan E Spohn, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Document Type
Book Review
Publication Date
3-1-2007
Abstract

Juvenile Delinquency: Causes and Control is a comprehensive text addressing the causes of, and responses to, a major social problem in modern American society. Although Robert Agnew is best known for his development of General Strain Theory, an individuallevel strain theory rooted in classical anomie theory and the more recent literature on stress, his broader record of publication denotes him as one of the premier theoretical analysts in the fields of criminology and juvenile delinquency. This text reflects his command of the discipline. The book is oriented according to a number of themes. First, it is designed to be shorter and more focused than most texts on juvenile delinquency. At more than 500 pages, the text is not brief in its entirety, but many of the subject areas are covered in a concise fashion. A second focus is the adoption of a more synthetic approach to the field of research on juvenile delinquency. Specifically, Professor Agnew synthesizes the majority of theory and research in the discipline into four generic theories: strain, social learning, control, and labeling. Explanations of delinquency, as well as societal responses and efforts to control delinquency, are then interpreted through these four general perspectives. Finally, an effort is made to produce a text that is student friendly through the use of specific questions in the descriptions of theory and research as well as using the synthetic approach to consistently interpret the majority of this theory and research in relation to only four perspectives.

Comments

Published in Criminal Justice Review (March 2007) 32(1): 78-80. DOI: 10.1177/0734016806297500. Copyright © 2007 Sage Publications. Used by permission.

Citation Information
Ryan E Spohn. "Review of Juvenile Delinquency: Causes and Control (2nd edition) by Robert Agnew" (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ryan_spohn/2/