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Life-Course Criminology: An Introduction
Life-Course Criminology: An Introduction

In November 2010 Francis T. Cullen, a well-known criminologist and the then recipient of the prestigious Edwin Sutherland Award, delivered his Sutherland Address during the annual American Society of Criminology (ASC) meeting in San Francisco. In this address, he noted that ‘life-course criminology is now criminology’ (Cullen, 2011: 310). Cullen’s intention was not, we think, to argue that all criminological inquiries are or should be informed by a life-course perspective (although an increasing number are). Rather, it was to suggest that life-course criminology is now an integral part of criminology as a whole. Indeed, although the main ideas of the field are as old as criminology itself (probably older), it did rise to fame very quickly.

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