America’s Safest City: Delinquency and Modernity in Suburbia by Simon I. Singer

By Simon I. Singer

Winner of the yankee Society of Criminology 2015 Michael J. Hindelang booklet Award for the main impressive Contribution to analyze in Criminology

Since the mid-1990s, the fast-growing suburb of Amherst, big apple has been voted by way of quite a few courses as one of many most secure areas to stay in the US. but, like a lot of America’s doubtless idyllic suburbs, Amherst is in no way with no crime—especially by way of kids. In America’s most secure City, famous juvenile justice student Simon I. Singer makes use of the categories of delinquency visible in Amherst as a case examine illuminating the roots of teen offending and deviance in glossy society. If we're to appreciate delinquency, Singer argues, we needs to comprehend it not only in impoverished components, yet in prosperous ones as well.

Drawing on ethnographic paintings, interviews with formative years, mom and dad and repair companies, and huge surveys of youngster citizens in Amherst, the publication illustrates how a suburban setting is ready to supply its early life with possibilities to prevent common delinquencies. Singer compares the main antisocial adolescents he surveys with the least antisocial, interpreting the situations that did or didn't make them deviance and the ways that they confront their own problems, societal discontents, and severe problems. youth, mom and dad, lecturers, coaches and officers, he concludes, are capable during this suburban environment to acknowledge youth’ want for ongoing assets of belief, empathy, and identification in a large number of social settings, permitting them to develop into what Singer phrases ‘relationally sleek’ contributors higher built to accommodate the rigors and tribulations of contemporary existence. a different and complete learn, America’s most secure City is a big new addition to scholarship on juveniles and crime in America.

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