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Life Course Criminology


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This reader covers several of the seminal articles written about theories of crime as it relates to human developmental and biological issues. As an emerging market and a very hot topic in criminology theory, the life-course approach builds on recent trends in psychology and sociology, thus answering the growing desire for integrated theories. The authors of this reader have created a "greatest hits" of life-course from the biggest life-course luminaries. The authors have prepared extensive introductions to provide context for each article.

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16 readings introduce the key concepts of life-course criminology. Contributors discuss conceptual and methodological aspects of the life-course perspective, including recent theories of criminal behavior and empirical tests of those theories, and evaluations of intervention programs aimed at reducing criminal behavior over the life course.
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About the Author

Alex R. Piquero is Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Florida. His research interests include Life Course Crime, Criminological Theory, Quantitative Methodology, and Policing.

Table of Contents

Section I: The Life-Course Perspective. 1. Time, Human Agency, and Social Change: Glenn H. Elder, Jr. 2. Crime and Deviance in the Life Course: Robert Sampson and John H. Laub. Section II: Age, Crime, And Criminal Careers. 3. Introduction: Studying Criminal Careers: Alfred Blumstein, Jacqueline Cohen, Jeffrey Roth, and Christy Visher. 4. The True Value of Lambda Appears to Be Zero: An Essay on Career Criminals, Criminal Careers, Selective Incapacitation, Cohort Studies, and Related Topics. Michael Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi. Section III: Life Course Theories Of Criminal Behavior. 5. Adolescence-Limited and Life-Course Persistent Antisocial Behavior: A Developmental Taxonomy: Terrie Moffitt. 6. A Life-Course Theory of Cumulative Disadvantage and the Stability of Delinquency: Robert Sampson and John H. Laub. Section IV: Empirical Tests Of Life-Course Theories. 7. Life Course Trajectories of Different Types of Offenders: Daniel S. Nagin, David P. Farrington, and Terrie E. Moffitt. 8. Criminal Careers in the Short-Term: Intra-Individual Variability in Crime and Its Relation to Local Life Circumstances. Julie Horney, D.Wayne Osgood, and Ineke Haen Marshall. Section V: Developmental Versus Static Theories: Current Debates. 9. Control Theory and the Life-Course Perspective: Travis Hirschi and Michael R. Gottfredson. 10. Understanding Variability in Lives Through Time: Contributions of Life-Course Criminology. Robert J. Sampson and John H. Laub. Section VI: Understanding Persistence In Criminal Behavior. 11. Stability of Aggression Over Time and Generations: L.R. Huesmann, L.D. Eron, M.M. Lefkowitz, and L.O. Walder. 12. Generality, Continuity, and Change in Offending: Raymond Paternoster, Charles W. Dean, Alex Piquero, Paul Mazerolle, and Robert Brame. Section VII: Examining Desistance From Criminal Behavior. 13. Age, Differential Expectations, and Crime Desistance: Neal Shover and Carol Y. Thompson. 14. Trajectories of Change in Criminal Offending: Good Marriages and the Desistance Process: John H. Laub, Daniel S. Nagin, and Robert J. Sampson. Section VIII: Interventions To Reduce Crime Over The Life Course. 15. Parent and Child Training to Prevent Early Onset of Delinquency: The Montreal Longitudinal-Experimental Study: Richard Tremblay, F. Vitaro, L. Bertrand, M. LeBlanc, H. Beauchesne, H. Boileau, and H. David. 16. Long-Term Effects of Nurse Home Visitation on Childrens Criminal and Antisocial Behavior: 15-year Follow-up of a Randomized Controlled Trial. David Olds, Charles R. Henderson, et al.

Product Details

Contemporary and Classic Readings (with InfoTrac)
Piquero, Alexis Russell
Mazarolle, Paul
Piquero, Alex R.
Piquero, Alex R.(Alex R. Piquero)
Mazerolle, Paul
Cengage Learning
Belmont, CA
Developmental Psychology
Life cycle, human
General Law
Criminal Procedure
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The Wadsworth series in criminological theory
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