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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.

Latent Structure: The Criminal Lifestyle in a Dimensional Context
Latent structure: The criminal lifestyle in a dimensional context

I have steadily endeavored to keep my mind free so as to give up any hypothesis, however much beloved, as soon as the facts are shown to be opposed to it.

Charles Darwin (1809–1882)
The Self-Mutilator

Rick is a 23-year-old single white male serving a 6-year sentence for cocaine distribution. A high school dropout with above average intelligence, Rick has an extensive history of criminal arrest dating back to age 14 years. His first arrest was for stealing a car, but he has been arrested for a variety of offenses since then, including assault, robbery, and drug possession. Rick's current incarceration was preceded by a 1-year stay in a juvenile detention ...

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