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Self-Control and Crime: A Sociological Perspective
Self-control and crime: A sociological perspective
Callie H.BurtArizona State University

Self-control has attracted an incredible amount of attention across scientific disciplines. Exercising self-control (not eating that second piece of chocolate cake) and failing to exercise self-control (eating that first piece of cake when on a diet) are part of being human. In this chapter, this author focuses on the link between self-control and crime from a sociological perspective. At present, the governing sociological view of self-control is contained in Gottfredson and Hirschi's (1990) self-control theory, which this author refers to as SCT. This theory also goes by the name “the general theory of crime,” but since other theories of crime claim to be general ones as well, this author sticks to ...

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