Delinquency And Gender

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Youth Delinquency in Relation to Gender and Shifting Representations in the Media and Popular Culture

Given the varying methods of socialization that boys and girls display and thus experience life differently, ‘gender’ becomes a valid variable for discussing juvenile delinquency. Most research studies have focused their attention on male juveniles, somewhat ignoring, denying or even trivializing crimes amongst females. As a result, there has been little understanding of the differences between juvenile delinquency in males and females. This (delinquency) is largely attributable to the historical fact that males constitute the bigger percentage of delinquents (Trogdon, 2006). However, evidence shows that female delinquency is
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As noted above, there is the notion that boys are the ones more likely to be delinquent than girls. Delinquency in boys is seen as natural, while delinquency in girls is seen as a matter of exception (Ferguson, 2006). Although it may be true that there are more delinquent boys than girls, female delinquency is as real as male delinquency. In fact, Chesney-Lind and Okamoto (2001) observe that in the 1990s, crime rate amongst female juveniles grew faster than amongst male…show more content…
So far, this paper has shown how researchers have sought to answer certain questions in relation to gender and juvenile delinquency, including the possibility of delinquency amongst girls, causes of delinquency in both girls and boys and how they differ, the role of girls in gangs. Most researchers have come to accept that girls, although in lower numbers, are also as guilty. However, this debate has not been the case in the public, with the media and popular culture being the key agenda-setters. In agreement, Reiner (2002) bemoans the ‘cause of concern’ that is the representation of deviance and crime by the mass media, especially as ‘discerned in public
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