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Most people engage in crime at some point in their lives, but why does almost everybody stop soon after? And, why do a small number of offenders persist in crime? These two questions constitute the core of the field often known as life-course criminology. This book provides a comprehensive introduction to life-course criminology. It covers the dominant theories and methodologies in the field and equips you with all you need to succeed in your studies on the subject. The book:  • Discusses the methodologies of life-course and longitudinal research  • Explains and critiques the major theories of life-course criminology  • Considers the issues of risk, prediction, onset, persistence and desistance of criminal activity  • Draws on research from studies in Europe, the UK, US and Australia, including the Stockholm ...

Looking Back, Looking Forward
Looking Back, Looking Forward

As you may have noticed, this book has to a large extent been looking back at the field of life-course criminology: how did it rise to fame? What central ideas, studies, methods, and theories make up the field? What are the implications of life-course criminology?

By now we have traveled a long way. At the same time, we actually have a very long way to go. If this was a journey through an unknown city, we have only been able to show you the biggest landmarks, the largest streets, and the most important parts of the town’s infrastructure. In writing a book of this kind, we have had to make choices: there is so much going on in ...

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