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.

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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