Crime in the Making Pathways and Turning Points Through Life

ISBN-10: 0674176057

ISBN-13: 9780674176058

Edition: 1993

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This new theory of crime over the life course provides an important foundation for rethinking criminal justice policy. It is based on the reanalysis of a classic set of data: Sheldon and Eleanor Gluecks' mid-century study of 500 delinquents and 500 nondelinquents from childhood to adulthood. Several years ago, Robert Sampson and John Laub dusted off sixty cartons of the Gleucks' data that had been stored in the basement of the Harvard Law School and undertook a lengthy process of recoding, computerizing, and reanalyzing it. On the basis of their findings, they developed a theory of informal social control that acknowledges the importance of childhood behavior but rejects the implication that adult social factors have little relevance. This theory accounts for both stability and change in crime and deviance throughout the life course.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/15/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Robert J. Sampson is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Harvard University.

John H. Laub is Professor of Criminology, University of Maryland.

Introduction
Toward an Age-graded Theory of Informal Social Control
Unraveling Juvenile Delinquency and Follow-up Studies
Restoring, Supplementing, and Validating the Data
The Family Context of Juvenile Delinquency
The Role of School, Peers, and Siblings
Continuity in Behavior over Time
Adult Social Bonds and Change in Criminal Behavior
Comparative Models of Crime and Deviance
Exploring Life Histories
Summing Up and Looking Ahead
Appendix: Interview with the Gluecks' Original Research Staff
Notes
References
Index
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