Drawing on ethnographic work, interviews with troubled youth, parents and service providers, and extensive surveys of teenage residents in Amherst, the book illustrates how a suburban environment is able to provide its youth with opportunities to avoid frequent delinquencies. Singer compares the most delinquent teens he surveys with the least delinquent, analyzing the circumstances that did or did not lead them to deviance and the ways in which they confront their personal difficulties, societal discontents, and serious troubles. Adolescents, parents, teachers, coaches and officials, he concludes, are able in this suburban setting to recognize teens need for ongoing sources of trust, empathy, and identity in a multitude of social settings, allowing them to become what Singer terms relationally modern individuals better equipped to deal with the trials and tribulations of modern life. A unique and comprehensive study, America s Safest City is a major new addition to scholarship on juveniles and crime in America.
- ISBN-13: 9780814760802
- ISBN-10: 0814760805
- Publisher: New York University Press
- Publish Date: October 2014
- Page Count: 305
Series: New Perspectives in Crime