The authors are very well known in this small but growing subfield of criminology.They discuss biological and genetic research associated with criminality, as well as discuss research into specific environmental agents that cause, facilitate, or maintain criminal propensity. This text is geared for upper level undergraduate and graduate students in criminal justice and criminology, sociology, and psychology programs. Features and Benefits □ Introduces the reader to the life-course perspective, a “hot topic” in criminology theory □ Integrates both studies in life-course and research involving biological and genetic factors in crime behavior/propensity with discussions of cutting edge research □ Includes boxes on “Stanley,” a life-course persistent thief, in each chapter. □ Illustration program contains diagrams of the brain and nervous system, photos, etc. to aid students' understanding of the biological content. □ Includes pedagogical features such as a number of special interest boxes on topics such as the influence of lead on brain development, and the limitations of parental influences New to this Edition: • Two new chapters ‘Special Topics in the Life Course: Psychopathy, Early Onset, and Drug Influences on Criminality’ and ‘Special Topics in the Life Course: Families and Crime’ • Updated and revised chapters due to major research developments in this fast moving field • This edition incorporates findings from over 160 new studies that were not included in the first edition • Review questions at ends of chapters • Incorporates policy discussions

Life Course Criminology

Life course criminology

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.


Life Course Criminology

Criminology is once again exciting. After years of unproductive theorizing and bitter academic debates concerning the appropriateness of including evidence from other disciplines—namely biology—the life course paradigm has ignited a firestorm of research. This research has the potential to usher in a new era in criminology—an era where advances occur at a startling rate; the strength of evidence is measurable; and better, deeper questions are asked about the causes of criminal conduct. Criminologists, like their cousins in the older and more mature disciplines of psychology and biology, are starting to seek out and use research findings from various fields. Thus, the remarkable ...

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