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 Life-Course Project Written by two leading figures in the field, this is an authoritative text that will guide you through your studies in life-course criminology, criminal career research, and developmental criminology.

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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