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John Hagan and Bill McCarthy (1992)

Streetlife and Delinquency

The British Journal of Sociology, 43(4):533--561.

Because the correlation between class & delinquency assumed in sociological theories often proves elusive when scholars try to test these theories, it is suggested that class & delinquency be reconceptualized. Traditionally, children's class has been defined as that of their parents, via self-report. Survey data collected in Toronto, Ontario, 1987/88 (N = 563 school & 386 street adolescents), however, reinsert street youth into the equation. It is argued that these youth intimately experience class conditions that are responsible for serious delinquency & that street life itself is an important intervening variable, mediating indirect effects of control & strain, including parental class origins. Findings encourage the use of street-based samples in research on class-based aspects of delinquency. 8 Tables, 1 Figure. Adapted from the source document.

class-delinquency relationship, theoretical problems, 1987/88 survey data, street youth vs adolescents in school, Toronto, Ontario, *Adolescents, *Class Differences, *Urban Areas, *Toronto, Ontario, *Theoretical Problems, *Juvenile Offenders, *Juvenile Delinquency, *Cities, article, 2151: social problems and social welfare; juvenile delinquency
SubjectsTermNotLitGenreText - *Theoretical Problems; *Cities; *Juvenile Delinquency; *Juvenile Offenders; *Adolescents; *Toronto, Ontario; *Urban Areas; *Class Differences

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