ERIC Number: ED155820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Deviant Subcultures and the Schools.
Coleman, James William
One of 52 theoretical papers on school crime and its relation to poverty, this chapter states that careful examination of juvenile crime reveals that it is primarily a subcultural phenomenon. The principal types of juvenile crime, such as drug use, vandalism, and theft, are usually committed by groups with their own distinctive attitudes, values, and perspectives--groups of juveniles who are part of a deviant subculture. Given this fact, the role of the schools in the etiology of deviant subcultures becomes highly important. Several recommendations for school policy are made on the basis of subculture theory, including the restructuring of educational institutions to reduce the students' sense of alienation and status deprivation and the creation of programs to encourage involvement in nondeviant subcultures. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Hackensack, NJ. NewGate Resource Center.
Note: Chapter 5 of "Theoretical Perspectives on School Crime, Volume I"; For other papers in this volume, see EA 010 729-768