Juvenile Justice In The Making

Paperback | November 24, 2005

byTanenhaus, David S.Foreword byBernardine Dohrn

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In his engaging narrative history of the rise and workings of America's first juvenile court, David S. Tanenhaus explores the fundamental and enduring question of how the law should treat the young. Sifting through almost 3,000 previously unexamined Chicago case files from the early twentiethcentury, Tanenhaus reveals how children's advocates slowly built up a separate system for juveniles, all the while fighting political and legal battles to legitimate this controversial institution. Harkening back to a more hopeful and nuanced age, Juvenile Justice in the Making provides a valuablehistorical framework for thinking about youth policy.

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In his engaging narrative history of the rise and workings of America's first juvenile court, David S. Tanenhaus explores the fundamental and enduring question of how the law should treat the young. Sifting through almost 3,000 previously unexamined Chicago case files from the early twentiethcentury, Tanenhaus reveals how children's a...

Co-editor of A Century of Juvenile Justice and Editor of the Law and History Review, David S. Tanenhaus is Associate Professor of History and the James E. Rogers Professor of History and Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 5.12 × 7.72 × 0.71 inPublished:November 24, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195306503

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ForewordIntroduction1. Imagining a Children's Court2. Building a Model Court3. Preserving the Family4. Legitimating Juvenile Justice5. Medicalizing Delinquency6. Organizing the CommunityConclusionAppendix: The Cook County Juvenile Court Case FilesNotesBibliographic EssayIndex

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"In his compelling new history of Juvenile Justice in the Making, David S. Tanenhaus has accomplished what many scholars considered all but impossible: a fresh historical interpretation of the development, operation, and enduring importance of the juvenile court. Scholars, lawyers, childwelfare workers [or children's advocates], and policy pundits will wrestle with the significance and perhaps even more with the lessons of Tanenhaus' bold new opening."-- Harvey J. Graff, author of Conflicting Paths: Growing Up in America