Companions in Crime The Social Aspects of Criminal Conduct

ISBN-10: 0521009162

ISBN-13: 9780521009164

Edition: 2002

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Companions in Crime organises the extensive literature on peer influence and group delinquency into a coherent form. Its principal thesis is that deviant behaviour is predominantly social behaviour.
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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/18/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Preliminary Issues
Peers in the Life Course
Peers in the Life Course
Cross-cultural Variation in Peer Interaction
Historical and Structural Variation
Social Structure
Industrial Societies
Changing Peer Relations
Peers as Agents of Socialization
Peer Group Formation
Parents versus Peers
The Group Character of Crime and Delinquency
Delinquency as Group Behavior
Features of Delinquent Groups
Other Features of Delinquent Groups
Do Groups Matter?
Peers and Delinquent Conduct
Fear of Ridicule
Loyalty
Status
Ridicule, Loyalty, and Status
Crime as Collective Behavior
Anonymity
Diffusion of Responsibility
Delinquency as "Rowdy" Behavior
The Group as Moral Universe
Mechanisms of Consensus
Sutherland's Theory of Differential Association
Evaluating the Theory
Social Learning Theory
Cross-Sex Peer Influence
Groups, Drugs, and Delinquency
Boredom
Groups as Protection
Co-offenders and Opportunity
The Virtual Peer Group
Summary
Applying Peer Explanations of Delinquency
Age and Crime
Peers and the Life Course
Age, Peers, and Identity
Parents, Peers, and Delinquency
The Contest between Parents and Peers
Gender and Delinquency
Summary
Conclusion
Peers and Public Policy
Pending Questions
Old Friends
Age and Co-offending
Heterogeneity of Motivation in Groups
Structural Variation in Peer Associations
Inferring Peer Influence
Qualifications and Clarifications
Final Comments
Suggested Readings
References
Index
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