The Inner World of the Black Juvenile Delinquent: Three Case Studies

The Inner World of the Black Juvenile Delinquent: Three Case Studies

The Inner World of the Black Juvenile Delinquent: Three Case Studies

The Inner World of the Black Juvenile Delinquent: Three Case Studies

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The tragedy of the inner city black delinquent is a serious problem in our society. There are many reasons for this state of affairs, and a host of solutions are required.

The first step toward a solution is understanding the troubled minds of these youngsters. Because their actions cause anger in so many around them, family, friends, and observers are often unwilling to provide help.

The social dynamics, psychology, and pathology of the inner city are similar to those described by Kenneth Clark in Dark Ghetto . Describing delinquency, he states:

The possibility that a young person may act out his frustration in ways inconvenient to more priveledged persons outside of the ghetto--through thefts to support the drug habit, through vandalisms and muggings in subways and buses, through the stoning of trains--arouses retaliatory concern from the larger threatened society. The Negro delinquent, therefore, calls attention to the quiet pathology of the ghetto which he only indirectly reflects. In a curious way the delinquent's behavior is healthy; for, at the least, it asserts that he still has sufficient strength to rebel and has not yet given in to defeat.(p. 88)

It is unusual to consider destructive and violent behavior in the context of health. However, it becomes inexplicable when the alternative can be seen as death. Dr.Roberts' book provides an understanding and insight into the lives of three black adolescents, each of whom seeks an identity of importance and value in the struggle against a psychic death.

The Inner World of the Black Juvenile Delinquent: Three Case Studies is a penetrating analysis achieved with objectivity, sensitivity, and clarity. The . . .

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