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.

Development or Propensity: The Criminal Lifestyle in an Etiological Context
Development or propensity: The criminal lifestyle in an etiological context

Experience is the name people give to their mistakes.

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
Born under a Bad Sign

Jerry is a 31-year-old single white male serving a 12-year sentence for possessing and manufacturing methamphetamine. He was raised in a broken home, the youngest of three children. His biological father was in and out of jail and was never involved in Jerry's life. Jerry describes his mother as a good person who was overwhelmed by the responsibility of raising three active boys on her own. Jerry's criminal career began at age 5 when he and his brothers began breaking into neighbors' homes. The usual scenario was for the two brothers to ...

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