Integrated Developmental and Life-course Theories of Offending

Integrated Developmental and Life-course Theories of Offending

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Developmental and life-course criminology aims to provide information about how offending and antisocial behavior develops, about risk and protective factors at different ages, and about the effects of life events on the course of development. The main intent of this volume is to advance knowledge about these theories of offender behavior, many of which have been formulated only in the last twenty years. It also aims to integrate knowledge about individual, family, peer, school, neighborhood, community, and situational influences on offender behavior, and to combine key elements of earlier theories such as strain, social learning, differential association, and control theory. Contributors Benjamin B. Lahey and Irwin D. Waldman focus on antisocial propensity and the importance of biological and individual factors. Alex R. Piquero and Terrie E. Moffitt distinguish between life-course-persistent and adolescent-limited offenders. David P. Farrington presents the Integrated Cognitive Antisocial Potential (ICAP) theory, which distinguishes between long-term and short-term influences on antisocial potential. Richard F. Catalano, J. David Hawkins, and their colleagues present an empirical test of the Social Development Model (SDM). Marc Le Blanc proposes an integrated multilayered control theory, in which criminal behavior depends on bonding to society, psychological development, modeling, and constraints. Robert J. Sampson and John H. Laub hypothesize that offending is inhibited by the strength of bonding to family, peers, schools, and later adult social institutions such as marriage and jobs. Terence P. Thornberry and Marvin D. Krohn propose an interactional theory, of antisocial behavior. Per-Olof H. Witkstrom's developmental ecological action theory emphasizes the importance of situational factors: opportunities cause temptation, friction produces provocation, and monitoring and the risk of sanctions have deterrent effects. This latest volume in the distinguished Advances in Criminological Theory series continues to add to the theoretical underpinnings of the field and will be important to all collections of social science research on criminology.show more

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  • Hardback | 279 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 27.9mm | 453.6g
  • Taylor & Francis Inc
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765802805
  • 9780765802804

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-David Farrington is one of the most productive and distinguished criminologists of this or any other generation. This book is... a valiant attempt to bring order out of the chaos of contending perspectives in criminology.- --James F. Short, Jr., Social Service Review -[A] unique and illuminating book that is fundamentally interdisciplinary and often multi-leveled in nature. The book will appeal to a broad range of readers seeking a more integrated understanding of commonalities and differences across these contemporary criminological theories and will stimulate further developments in the field.....-Holly Foster, Theological Criminology "David Farrington is one of the most productive and distinguished criminologists of this or any other generation. This book is... a valiant attempt to bring order out of the chaos of contending perspectives in criminology." --James F. Short, Jr., Social Service Review "[A] unique and illuminating book that is fundamentally interdisciplinary and often multi-leveled in nature. The book will appeal to a broad range of readers seeking a more integrated understanding of commonalities and differences across these contemporary criminological theories and will stimulate further developments in the field....."Holly Foster, Theological Criminology "David Farrington is one of the most productive and distinguished criminologists of this or any other generation. This book is... a valiant attempt to bring order out of the chaos of contending perspectives in criminology." --James F. Short, Jr., "Social Service Review" "Theory in criminology usually is granted a certain mushiness because its task is complex and difficult. But theory is granted no such favors in this book. [In "Integrated Developmental & Life-Course Theories of Offending," ] Farrington challenges eight developmental and life-course theories explain a list of widely accepted conclusions about offending and to make predictions about various contentious issues. The resulting arguments are compared and contrasted with the goal of advancing the formulation and testing of these theories. While the book examines developmental and life course theories, at a broader level it is a serious attempt to confront the nature of theory in criminology, particularly the role of theory in generating scientific progress. The fearlessness with which it confronts these fundamental issues should be a model for all criminology and, indeed, for the social sciences generally." --Dr. Thomas J. Bernard, Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology, Penn State University "This is easily the best source of information on developmental and life-course (DLC) theories of offending. The leading figures in the field provide overviews of the current state of their DLC theories, with these theories being significantly extended in certain cases. Further, most of these theories are used to explain ten well established facts about the development of offending and address several more "contentious" issues. As a result, the similarities and differences between these theories are more apparent. ["Integrated Developmental & Life-Course Theories of Offending"] should do much to advance the development of DLC theories, and Farrington is to be applauded for his efforts." --Bob Agnew, Emory University "Although I was "raised" in a different theoretical tradition, I am persuaded that the future of the field lies in developmental and life-course criminology; indeed, scholars serious about the study of crime need to master this evolving paradigm. Th "[A] unique and illuminating book that is fundamentally interdisciplinary and often multi-leveled in nature. The book will appeal to a broad range of readers seeking a more integrated understanding of commonalities and differences across these contemporary criminological theories and will stimulate further developments in the field... [A]n important reference for research on crime and deviance trajectories. It will also be an asset to graduate level courses on Developmental and Life Course Criminology as well as general courses on Criminological Theory." --Holly Foster, Criminology "[A] unique and illuminating book that is fundamentally interdisciplinary and often multi-leveled in nature. The book will appeal to a broad range of readers seeking a more integrated understanding of commonalities and differences across these contemporary criminological theories and will stimulate further developments in the field... [A]n important reference for research on crime and deviance trajectories. It will also be an asset to graduate level courses on Developmental and Life Course Criminology as well as general courses on Criminological Theory."--Holly Foster, Criminologyshow more

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