Criminals in the Making: Criminality Across the Life Course

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Overview

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? Criminals in the Making: Criminality Across the Life Course, Second Edition, by John Paul Wright, Stephen G. Tibbetts, and Leah E. Daigle, addresses key questions surrounding criminal propensity by discussing studies of the life-course perspective—criminological research that links biological factors associated with criminality with the social and environmental agents thought to cause, facilitate, or otherwise influence a tendency towards criminal activity. The book provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary coverage of the current thinking in the field about criminal behavior over the course of a lifetime. Additionally, it highlights interventions proven effective and illustrates how the life-course perspective has contributed to a greater understanding of the causes of crime.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452217994
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 540,988
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Paul Wright is Professor of Criminal Justice in the Division of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati and is Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University, Jedda, Saudia Arabia. Dr. Wright was rated as the most productive associate professor in criminology and was recently evaluated as one of the most cited criminologists in the United States. He earned his undergraduate degrees in criminology from Indiana State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. He has published over 130 scholarly articles in criminology, psychology, behavioral genetics, and molecular genetics journals and is a frequent lecturer to professional organizations interested in the development of serious, violent offending. The winner of four teaching awards, he teaches in the area of life-course development and biosocial criminology.

Stephen G. Tibbetts, currently a Professor at California State University, San Bernardino, has been pursuing an understanding of criminal offending for over the past two decades. He has attempted to discover the extent to which individuals’ inherent dispositions and attitudinal traits contribute to their offending decisions, especially in relation to other factors, such as demographic, developmental, and situational factors. Dr. Tibbetts’ research has included work on the differences between men and women in their decisions to commit deviant behavior, as well as their perceptions of risk and consequences of getting caught. His additional research interests include the effects of perinatal disorders as an influence in future criminality, the etiology of white-collar crime, and gang intervention. Dr. Tibbetts has published nine books and more than 50 scholarly papers examining various issues in criminology. He received the 2011 Outstanding Professor Award at CSU, San Bernardino. He previously worked extensively as an Officer of the Court in providing recommendations for dispositions of numerous juvenile court cases from 1997 to 2008.

Leah E. Daigle is associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She received her Ph D in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2005. Her most recent research has centered on repeat sexual victimization of college women and responses women use during and after being sexually victimized. Her other research interests include the development and continuation of offending and victimization across the life course. She is author of Victimology: A Text/Reader, coauthor of Criminals in the Making: Criminality Across the Life Course and Unsafe in the Ivory Tower: The Sexual Victimization of College Women, which was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Book Award by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. She has also published numerous peer-reviewed articles that have appeared in outlets such as Justice Quarterly, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Inter­personal Violence, and Victims and Offenders.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Life Course Criminology
Chapter 2. The Stability of Criminal and Analogous Behaviors
Chapter 3. Continuity in Antisocial Potential
Chapter 4. Genetics and Crime
Chapter 5. Introduction to Brain Structure and Basic Functions—Part I: The Hindbrain, Midbrain, and Limbic Structures In the Development of Criminality
Chapter 6. Introduction to Brain Structure and Basic Functions—Part II: Forebrain Formations, Trauma, and Criminal Behavior
Chapter 7. Concepts and Issues in Neuropsychological Functioning
Chapter 8. Sex Differences in Brain Processes and Laterality
Chapter 9. Special Topics in the Life Course: Psychopathy, Early Onset, and Drug Influences on Criminality
Chapter 10. Individuals and Their Social World
Chapter 11. Families and Crime
Chapter 12. Prepubescence: Infancy and Childhood
Chapter 13. Postpubescence: Adolescence and Adulthood
Chapter 14. Policy Recommendations

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