Developmental Theories of Crime and Delinquency

Developmental Theories of Crime and Delinquency

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In Developmental Theories of Crime and Delinquency, Terence P. Thornberry and his contributors show that criminal behavior is not a static human attribute, but ebbs and flows over the life course of the individual. Criminal behavior tends to follow a distinct psychological pattern. It is relatively uncommon during childhood, is initiated by most offenders during adolescence, flourishes during late adolescence and early childhood, and usually diminishes or disappears by the mid-twenties. This pattern is not characteristic of all people--some never commit crimes and others become career criminals--but it is a general description of the developmental pattern of criminal offenders. This pattern has profound implications for theories of crime and delinquency. Not only does it explain initiation into, maintenance of, and desistance from involvement in crime, it offers insight into why crime flourishes during adolescence. Traditional theories of crime and delinquency have often failed to distinguish among different phases of criminal careers.
They tend to ignore developmental changes that occur across a person's life course, changes that coincide with and can explain the causes and patterns of criminal behavior. This paperback edition of the seventh volume of the distinguished series Advances in Criminological Theory moves us from static identifications of the criminal by presenting a broad range of developmental explanations of crime. Each contributor articulates a developmental or life course perspective in explaining how people become involved in delinquency and crime. Each covers a wide range of theoretical territory and reveals how a developmental perspective enhances the explanatory power of traditional theories of crime and delinquency. This volume is an invaluable tool for criminologists, sociologists, psychologists, and other professionals seeking to teach how crime and violence can be understood in our culture.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 359 pages
  • 149.9 x 223.5 x 17.8mm | 521.64g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0765808307
  • 9780765808301
  • 1,562,785

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"Criminologists will benefit from reading this book in terms of understanding how a developmental perspective can provide new insight into the etiological questions central to the field. As well, sociologists interested in the life course will gain from considering how crime is a phenomenon related to the life course.""--Druann Maria Heckert, Fayetteville State University" -Criminologists will benefit from reading this book in terms of understanding how a developmental perspective can provide new insight into the etiological questions central to the field. As well, sociologists interested in the life course will gain from considering how crime is a phenomenon related to the life course.---Druann Maria Heckert, Fayetteville State University -This collection of essays is first class. Each chapter is written by an expert--or experts--in the field and each certainly drives forward criminological theorizing on patterns of offending and human development. . . . It is a very worthwhile book, packed with state-of-the-art essays with sound lines of reasoning and which will drive forward criminological thinking in this area like no book before it.- --Stephen Farrall, British Journal of Criminology -This valuable book deserves to be read by criminologists concerned with the etiology of crime.- --Frank R. Scarpitti, Contemporary Sociology -This collection of theoretical works is a must read for those scholars of crime and delinquency desiring to stay at the cutting edge of contemporary criminology theory. . . . This review does not do justice to the complexity of the theories and the wide range of knowledge that the authors in this volume draw upon. Some readers, recognizing that some of the theorists incorporate and synthesize concepts from various existing theories, may object to some violation of theoretical assumptions. Regardless of any such objections, this collection of theoretical essays is an integrative contribution to the delinquency and crime literature. Through his editorship, Thornberry offers an incredible array of testable propositions for future research.- --Paul R. Vowell, Deviant Behavior "Criminologists will benefit from reading this book in terms of understanding how a developmental perspective can provide new insight into the etiological questions central to the field. As well, sociologists interested in the life course will gain from considering how crime is a phenomenon related to the life course."--Druann Maria Heckert, Fayetteville State University "This collection of essays is first class. Each chapter is written by an expert--or experts--in the field and each certainly drives forward criminological theorizing on patterns of offending and human development. . . . It is a very worthwhile book, packed with state-of-the-art essays with sound lines of reasoning and which will drive forward criminological thinking in this area like no book before it." --Stephen Farrall, British Journal of Criminology "This valuable book deserves to be read by criminologists concerned with the etiology of crime." --Frank R. Scarpitti, Contemporary Sociology "This collection of theoretical works is a must read for those scholars of crime and delinquency desiring to stay at the cutting edge of contemporary criminology theory. . . . This review does not do justice to the complexity of the theories and the wide range of knowledge that the authors in this volume draw upon. Some readers, recognizing that some of the theorists incorporate and synthesize concepts from various existing theories, may object to some violation of theoretical assumptions. Regardless of any such objections, this collection of theoretical essays is an integrative contribution to the delinquency and crime literature. Through his editorship, Thornberry offers an incredible array of testable propositions for future research." --Paul R. Vowell, Deviant Behavior "Criminologists will benefit from reading this book in terms of understanding how a developmental perspective can provide new insight into the etiological questions central to the field. As well, sociologists interested in the life course will gain from considering how crime is a phenomenon related to the life course."--Druann Maria Heckert, Fayetteville State University "This collection of essays is first class. Each chapter is written by an expert--or experts--in the field and each certainly drives forward criminological theorizing on patterns of offending and human development. . . . It is a very worthwhile book, packed with state-of-the-art essays with sound lines of reasoning and which will drive forward criminological thinking in this area like no book before it." --Stephen Farrall, British Journal of Criminology "This valuable book deserves to be read by criminologists concerned with the etiology of crime." --Frank R. Scarpitti, Contemporary Sociology "This collection of theoretical works is a must read for those scholars of crime and delinquency desiring to stay at the cutting edge of contemporary criminology theory. . . . This review does not do justice to the complexity of the theories and the wide range of knowledge that the authors in this volume draw upon. Some readers, recognizing that some of the theorists incorporate and synthesize concepts from various existing theories, may object to some violation of theoretical assumptions. Regardless of any such objections, this collection of theoretical essays is an integrative contribution to the delinquency and crime literature. Through his editorship, Thornberry offers an incredible array of testable propositions for future research." --Paul R. Vowell, Deviant Behavior
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