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Crime and the Life Course / Edition 2

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Crime and the Life Course / Edition 2

In recent years, the lifecourse perspective has become a popular theoretical orientation toward crime. Yet despite its growing importance in the field of criminology, most textbooks give it only cursory treatment. Crime and the Lifecourse: An Introduction by Michael L. Benson provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary research and theory on the life-course approach to crime. The book emphasizes a conceptual understanding of this approach. A special feature is the integration of qualitative and quantitative research on criminal life histories. This book:

  • provides an overview of the life course approach and describes the major concepts and issues in lifecourse theory as it applies to criminology
  • reviews evidence on biological and genetic influences on crime
  • reviews research on the role of the family in crime and juvenile delinquency
  • provides a detailed discussion of the criminological lifecourse theories of Moffitt, Hagan, Sampson and Laub, and others
  • discusses the connections between youthful crime and adult outcomes in education, occupation, and marriage
  • presents an application of the lifecourse approach to white-collar crime
  • discusses how macro sociological and historical developments have influenced the shape of the lifecourse in American society as it relates to patterns in crime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415994934
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/26/2012
Series: Criminology and Justice Studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 528,413
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Michael L. Benson is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. He is a past President of the White-Collar Crime Research Consortium. In addition to numerous journal articles on white-collar crime, he co-authored White Collar Crime: An Opportunity Perspective and Combating Corporate Crime: Local Prosecutors at Work.

Table of Contents

1. An Overview of Lifecourse Theory and Research 2. Biology and the Family: Initial Trajectories 3. Adolescence and Crime: Continuity, Change, and Cumulating Disadvantages 4. Adulthood and Aging Criminals 5. White-Collar Crime and the Lifecourse 6. Historical and Structural Contexts

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