This engaging book presents a contextual psychological interpretation of crime. It covers essential topics including psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, and criminal lifestyle. The author's compelling analysis explains criminal behavior, by showing how the criminal lifestyle is capable of integrating two seemingly incompatible crime paradigms: the career criminal paradigm and the criminal career paradigm. Starting with a context for criminality, and then moving from particular conceptions of crime to more evidence-based theories, this volume challenges students to think in a different way about crime and criminal behavior.

Understanding Crime: The Prime Context
Understanding crime: The prime context

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–1881)

Pete is a 40-year-old single black male serving a 12-year sentence for bank robbery. The only child of an unwed teenage mother, he spent the first 6 years of his life bouncing back and forth between the home of his maternal grandparents and the home of a great aunt who had previously adopted and raised Pete's mother. The great aunt's home was more prosperous than the grandparents' home, and Pete perceived resentment from the relatives who lived with his grandparents full-time. He states that his two adolescent uncles bullied him regularly, often pinning him to the floor to the ...

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