Crime in the Making: Pathways and Turning Points through Life / Edition 1

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Overview


This new theory of crime over the life course provides an important foundation for rethinking criminal justice policy. It is based on the reanalysis of a classic set of data: Sheldon and Eleanor Gluecks' mid-century study of 500 delinquents and 500 nondelinquents from childhood to adulthood. Several years ago, Robert Sampson and John Laub dusted off sixty cartons of the Gleucks' data that had been stored in the basement of the Harvard Law School and undertook a lengthy process of recoding, computerizing, and reanalyzing it. On the basis of their findings, they developed a theory of informal social control that acknowledges the importance of childhood behavior but rejects the implication that adult social factors have little relevance. This theory accounts for both stability and change in crime and deviance throughout the life course.
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Editorial Reviews

Criminologist

The book's logical organization, the authors' parsimonious explanation of key concepts and theoretical propositions, and the comprehensive presentation of their findings interact to produce a volume that possesses a high degree of clarity and readability...Crime in the Making should be read by all developmental criminologists and those interested in the study of criminal careers.
— Douglas Yearwood

American Journal of Sociology

Imaginative and forthright, a well-argued book with broad theoretical and methodological implications.
— John Modell

Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency

This book will be widely read and cited, and it deserves to be. [The authors] have carefully crafed a model which addresses both stability and change in delinquency and crime over the life course, and they have done an impeccable job of testing it.
— Candace Kruttschnitt

Contemporary Sociology

Crime in the Making deserves widespread attention.
— Joan McCord

Criminologist - Douglas Yearwood
The book's logical organization, the authors' parsimonious explanation of key concepts and theoretical propositions, and the comprehensive presentation of their findings interact to produce a volume that possesses a high degree of clarity and readability...Crime in the Making should be read by all developmental criminologists and those interested in the study of criminal careers.
Michael Rutter
Hard-headed quantitative variable-oriented statistics are skillfully blended with qualitative person-oriented studies of individual life histories. A 'must' for anyone interested in either criminology or life-span development, and of great interest to a much wider group of readers. Crime in the Making is destined to become a classic.
American Journal of Sociology - John Modell
Imaginative and forthright, a well-argued book with broad theoretical and methodological implications.
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency - Candace Kruttschnitt
This book will be widely read and cited, and it deserves to be. [The authors] have carefully crafed a model which addresses both stability and change in delinquency and crime over the life course, and they have done an impeccable job of testing it.
Contemporary Sociology - Joan McCord
Crime in the Making deserves widespread attention.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674176058
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 370,230
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Sampson is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Harvard University.

John H. Laub is Professor of Criminology, University of Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Toward an Age-graded Theory of Informal Social Control

2. Unraveling Juvenile Delinquency and Follow-up Studies

3. Restoring, Supplementing, and Validating the Data

4. The Family Context of Juvenile Delinquency

5. The Role of School, Peers, and Siblings

6. Continuity in Behavior over Time

7. Adult Social Bonds and Change in Criminal Behavior

8. Comparative Models of Crime and Deviance

9. Exploring Life Histories

10. Summing Up and Looking Ahead

Appendix: Interview with the Gluecks' Original Research Staff

Notes

References

Index

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