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Recipient of Choice Magazine's 1991 Outstanding Academic Book Award Why do some individuals pursue crime as a lifestyle? After years of incarceration, why do these offenders habitually repeat criminal behavior? In The Criminal Lifestyle, Walters approaches the question of crime by examining how various biologic, sociologic, and psychologic factors interact to bring about criminal behavior. He extends the criminal career concept to include those persons who approach crime–not as an isolated incident–but as a lifelong commitment. Organized in the same manner as the study was conducted, this riveting book reviews and evaluates research, theoretical issues and practical considerations concerning crime, and develops a model of lifestyle criminality. In The Criminal Lifestyle Walters examines a variety of different perspectives, and organizes them into a framework which furthers our understanding of persons who approach crime as a lifestyle. As such, this contemporary study should be required reading in courses on psychology, criminology, and criminal justice. In addition, practitioners and policymakers who must make decisions about individual offenders will not want to pass up this distinctive resource. “This is an intriguing book that should have a wide audience both in criminology and in other fields. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” – Choice

Crime as a Lifestyle
Crime as a lifestyle

It has been postulated that a large portion of serious criminality is committed each year by a small segment of the criminal population. This observation has been made cross-nationally (Clinard & Abbott, 1973; Cooper, 1971; Kobayashi, Ono, Ooe, & Sakumichi, 1982; Russell, 1964), as well as historically (Gurr, 1989; Kempf, 1987), and is valid for individuals of varying social, ethnic, and economic status. A recent examination of this issue by a group of researchers working under the auspices of the Figgie Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio (1988) revealed a similar outcome. In directing this investigation, these authors interviewed 589 incarcerated property offenders as they were being processed through a prison admissions program. Subsequent analyses revealed that 9% of the ...

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