This book has already proved itself as a course adoption leader in Childhood Studies. All of the strengths of the First Edition have been retained. The book is comprehensive and judged with the needs of students in mind. It is a model of clarity and precision and has been acknowledged as such in reviews and course feedback. The new edition thoroughly revises old entries and adds new ones. The book is the most accessible, relevant student introduction to this expanding, interdisciplinary field. It is an indispensable teaching text and an ideal prompt for researchers.


In the context of the UK and many other western countries, delinquency and juvenile delinquency have become almost synonymous with the commission of criminal offences by children and young people – that is, behaviours that are contrary to the criminal law. It is also the case that, drawing on its more general meaning, the term ‘juvenile delinquent’ is widely used to describe a child or young person who engages in petty offending or behaviour that is ...

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