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Life-Course Theories of Crime and Deviance
Life-Course Theories of Crime and Deviance

In the early stages of criminal career research, the field was dominated by a focus on empirical findings and their policy implications. Theoretical developments of crime and the life course lagged behind. From the early 1990s and onward, however, this changed considerably as a breadth of life-course theories of crime and deviance emerged in the field, incorporating various elements from the traditions of developmental psychology, life-course sociology, and criminological theory. Today, these criminological theories are among the most influential theories within the discipline as a whole. In this chapter we go through a number of these theories and we do so in some detail. Instead of giving a schematic, brief description of each ...

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