*We express our appreciation to Murray Knuttila and anonymous reviewers, to Jim Ccté, Lori Davies, and others of our colleagues for suggestions on previous drafts, to Ms. Maxine Eveland, principal of the high school at which the data were collected, and to the now amalgamated London Board of Education. The manuscript of this article was submitted in January 1998 and accepted in July 1999.
First Person Accounts and Sociological Explanations of Delinquency*
Article first published online: 14 JUL 2008
Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie
Volume 37, Issue 1, pages 77–93, February 2000
How to Cite
Teevan, J. J. and Dryburgh, H. B. (2000), First Person Accounts and Sociological Explanations of Delinquency. Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie, 37: 77–93. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-618X.2000.tb00587.x
- Issue published online: 14 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 14 JUL 2008
Cinquante-six garçons du secondaire ont expliqué pourquoi ils avaient perpétré ou non certains actes de délinquance (combat, vandalisme, vol à l'étalage, usage de drogues). Ils ont aussi ciblé des théories sociologiques de la délinquance qui s'appliquent à leur comportement. Leurs réponses montrent que les deux types de données se recoupent beaucoup. L'effort, la théorie gánérate, les pairs, le contrôle social, les techniques de neutralisation et la prévention sont importants, mais non l'étiquetage ni l'imitation des médias. Une théorie de contingence de la délinquance est proposée.
Fifty-six high school boys were asked to explain in their own words why they had engaged in or refrained from certain delinquencies: fighting, vandalism, petty theft, truancy and drug use. They were also given the opportunity, via a checklist, to tell whether selected sociological theories applied to their behaviour. Their responses revealed considerable overlap in the two forms of data. Strain, general theory, peers, social control, techniques of neutralization and deterrence are important in varying combinations. Labelling and media imitation are not. A contingency theory of delinquency is proposed.