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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence 8/2007

01-11-2007 | Book Review

Laurie Schaffner, Girls in Trouble with the Law

Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2006, 257 pp, ISBN 0-8135-3833-5

Auteur: Rebecca Maniglia

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 8/2007

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Laurie Schaffner’s new book, Girls in Trouble with the Law, represents one of the first efforts at examining the general state of juvenile female delinquency since Meda Chesney Lind and Randall Shelden’s groundbreaking text, Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (Chesney-Lind and Shelden 1992). Unlike Chesney-Lind’s text, however, Schaffner’s book is equal parts sociological reflection and storytelling. Using primarily life history interviews with adjudicated girls in four states as well as ethnographical data on eight young women, the book allows girls to tell their own stories, using their words, experiences, artwork, and poems to shape the content of the sociological analysis. The result is a text that offers intentional respect to the individual girl who finds herself embroiled in the juvenile justice system while still asserting the global argument that the root of girls’ systemic involvement is found in the prevalence of sexual violence in their lives, the role of “hyper-sexualization” in the culture and the reality of sexism and systemic bias in the juvenile justice system. …
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Metagegevens
Titel
Laurie Schaffner, Girls in Trouble with the Law
Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2006, 257 pp, ISBN 0-8135-3833-5
Auteur
Rebecca Maniglia
Publicatiedatum
01-11-2007
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 8/2007
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-007-9213-3