Emotions such as guilt and shame motivate us to keep our actions in line with normative expectations and are therefore essential in regulating our social and moral lives. Guilt, Shame and Juvenile Delinquency provides a compelling argument for the importance of considering guilt and shame as part of the etiological underpinnings of juvenile delinquency. It presents a comprehensive review of the criminological literature on the relationship between shame, guilt and offending, and it integrates both emotions into a symbolic interactionist theory of delinquency.. The book focuses in particular on the delinquency-inhibiting effects of forward-looking forms of guilt and shame, providing empirically-grounded insights into their gendered nature and social origins.
Guilt, Shame and Juvenile Delinquency will provide valuable insights not only for researchers working in the field of juvenile delinquency, but for all social scientists interested in the influence of guilt and shame on normative behaviour.
Arne De Boeck
Arne De Boeck holds a PhD in Criminology from KU Leuven (Catholic Univeristy of Leuven), Belgium. He currently w works as analyst at the Directorate of International Police Cooperation of the Bel... Meer