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.

Future Contexts and Distant Horizons
Future contexts and distant horizons

The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust (1871–1922)
The Second-Story Man

Mitch is a 43-year-old single Asian American male serving a 12-year sentence for burglarizing a post office. Despite growing up in a stable, middle-class home environment and having plenty of opportunities for conventional success, Mitch chose to spend his adolescence learning to burglarize homes and steal cars. This is his fourth time behind bars and his 10th year of incarceration. He estimates that he has committed at least one burglary for every day he has spent in jail or prison. If we take him at his word, this means he has participated in over 3,650 burglaries ...

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