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“This book is interesting, informative, comprehensive, and—more importantly for students of criminology—accessible.” —Robert Apel, University at Albany
"Without doubt, Criminals in the Making will spark debate, incite controversy and challenge mainstream criminological understanding."—THEORETICAL CRIMINOLOGY
Why do individuals exposed to the same environment turn out so differently, with some engaging in crime and others abiding by societal rules and norms? Why are males involved in violent crime more often than females? And why do the precursors of serious pathological behavior typically emerge in childhood?
The authors of this text address key questions surrounding criminal propensity by discussing studies of the life-course perspective—criminological research linking biological factors associated with criminality and social environmental agents thought to cause, facilitate, or otherwise influence one’s tendency towards criminal activity. The text offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary understanding of the current thinking in the field about criminal behavior over the course of a lifetime and ends on a positive note, highlighting interventions proven effective and illustrating how the life-course perspective has contributed to a greater understanding of the causes of crime.
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“I think this is going to be an important book, one that generates discussion and maybe even motivates criminology to become more scientific. This book will force people to reassess their understanding of crime and see how many known facts of crime are illusory once biological concepts are considered.”
—Matt DeLisi,Iowa State University