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The Generality of Deviance advances the idea that all forms of deviant, criminal, reckless, and sinful behavior have one thing in common: the tendency to pursue immediate benefits without concern for long-term costs. The editors argue, and the contributors confirm, that such disparate behaviors as smoking, auto accidents, burglary, and rape are similar in that they all involve disregard for their inevitable consequences: poor health, injury, loss of freedom, shame, or disrepute. The chapters here show how various forms of deviance relate to one another and can be explained by a common theory involving self-management.

The editors illustrate how the idea of self-control challenges the psychological concept of aggression and provides a more useful alternative for understanding deviant behavior. They also apply the theory to the family, showing how this institution is central to crime control. Other contributors bring fresh perspectives to a variety of topics: the uncanny similarities between victims of car accidents and perpetrators of crime; the connection between drugs and crime; feminist explanations of rape; gender differences in crime rates; drunk drivers among high school students; and the progression of a delinquent's life from adolescence to adulthood.

In short, this book makes a convincing case that it is a waste of intellectual effort and public funds to treat different forms of crime and deviant behavior as distinct problems. Studied collectively, various crimes may be seen to have the same causes and, hence, one cure. The Generality of Deviance will be a significant and provocative addition to the libraries of criminolegists, psychologists, and sociologists, those attempting to solve as well as to identify problems.

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Fourteen contributions show how various forms of deviance relate to one another and can be explained by a common theory of lack of self- management and disregard for consequences, which challenges the psychological concept of aggression and provides a useful alternative for understanding deviant behavior. Among the topics are the connection between drugs and crime; gender differences in crime rates; drunk drivers; and the theory that all crimes have the same causes and the same cure. For criminologists, psychologists, and sociologists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560001164
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Meet the Author

Travis Hirschi is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Arizona. He is past president of the American Society of Criminology and winner of its Edwin H. Sutherland Award. His works include Delinquency Research, Causes of Delinquency, and Generality of Deviance.

Michael R. Gottfredson is professor of management and policy, law, and psychology at the University of Arizona. Among his many books and articles about crime theory and the criminal justice system, he coau-thored A General Theory of Crime with Travis Hirschi.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Acknowledgments
1 The Generality of Deviance 1
2 Aggression 23
3 Family 47
4 Gender and Crime 71
5 Accidents 81
6 Motor Vehicle Accidents 113
7 Driving Under the Influence 131
8 Drugs and Alcohol 149
9 Rape 159
10 Versatility 173
11 Participation and Frequency 193
12 The Victim-Offender Relationship 215
13 Unemployment, Marital Discord, and Deviant Behavior: The Long-term Correlates of Childhood Misbehavior 235
14 Substantive Positivism and the Idea of Crime 253
Contributors 271
Index 273
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