This unique & balanced book includes both critical & mainstream perspectives on delinquency & delinquents. The book encourages readers to actively explore juvenile delinquency's definitions, history, measurement, & theories. It also encourages readers to thoroughly examine the juvenile justice system. Relevant to both Criminal Justice & Sociology studies, Juvenile Delinquency: The Mainstream & Crosscurrents situates the problems of delinquency within the social contexts of the 21st Century. It recognizes the problems of children caught up in crime and illuminates the issues of delinquency.