Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
"Transcending the qualitative-quantitative divide, Hagan and McCarthy achieve a milestone in criminological research with the publication of Mean Streets. Based on a seamless blend of qualitative interviews with state-of-the-art quantitative analysis, Mean Streets provides criminology with an exciting new understanding of crime on the streets. This is `must' reading at its best." Robert Sampson, University of Chicago
"This unlikely combination of sensitive ethnography, sophisticated sampling and data analysis, and subtle theoretical argument yields a sensational outsome. Hagan and McCarthy revive and update the Chicago school of urban sociology with this brilliant account of street youth, homelessness and crime. Sterile debates about individual pathology vs. harsh environment are dissolved and transcended by their complex and lucid account of real individuals in their real social contexts. A landmark achievement." Mark Granovetter, Stanford University
"A pathbreaking study of street youth that sets admirable standards of inquiry on a major social problem. In the voices of youth and field reports over time, we discover the harsh conditions that lead young people to life on the city streets, the human cost of their survival strategies, and the way some manage to escape. A truly innovative account of troubled lives in motion that should inform policy debates." Glen Elder, University of North Carolina
"This is a masterful study of an important, but neglected population of youth: those who reside on the streets. I believe their study will have a fundamental impact on the field, moving us beyond our almost exclusive focus on school-based populations, reemphasizing the importance of adverse experiences in the explanation of crime, and providing a model of theoretical integration that takes account of both macro- and micro-factors. Their skillful blend of qualitative and quantitative analyses makes for a most riveting book." Robert Agnew, Emory University
"Hagan and McCarthy's Mean Streets is better than the Scorese film by the same name. "...this book brings insight to the social and emotional complexities that typify the lives of homeless adolescents and young adults in Toronto and Vancouver." "I found Mean Streets to be an insightful, beautifully written, meticulous analysis of a very complex street scene. Hagan and McCarthy should be commended for their hard work, dedication, and concern for revealing the lives of adolescents on the street." Social Forces
"Mean Streets is the first major study of street youth between the ages of 15 and 24, conducted on their own turf. It seeks to examine the perspectives of these young people, as well as the relationship between homelessness and crime....The findings are disturbing." The Toronto Globe and Mail
"...important measurement and theoretical issues..are instructively addressed in Mean Streets...." Irving Piliavin, Contemporary Sociology
"The authors have succeeded well in reaching their elusive population of interest (i.e., homeless youth) and have carried out a first-class empirical study of the linkages between their social conditions and criminal activity. The most understanding feature of the book lies in its imaginative operationalization of concepts and sophisticated empirical testing of theories and hypotheses. It would be difficult to find a better example of demanding, quality empirical research for fellow researchers to learn from." CJS Online
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