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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

Working Hypothesis Revisited
Working hypothesis revisited

As of this writing, the working hypothesis is alive and well; it continues to serve a vital function in the development of the theory that crime can be conceptualized in lifestyle terms. Just because articles have been written and books published does not mean that this model is complete—far from it. If working with criminal offenders has taught me anything, it is how little we actually understand about crime and its causation. Instead of serving as a source of frustration, however, this knowledge has caused me to work that much harder to develop a model of criminal conduct that might be useful in explaining one particular subcategory of lawbreaking behavior—offenders who approach crime as a lifestyle. I would argue that ...

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