Most people engage in crime at some point in their lives, but why does almost everybody stop soon after? And, why do a small number of offenders persist in crime? These two questions constitute the core of the field often known as life-course criminology.
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to life-course criminology. It covers the dominant theories and methodologies in the field and equips you with all you need to succeed in your studies on the subject. The book:
Discusses the methodologies of life-course and longitudinal research
Explains and critiques the major theories of life-course criminology
Considers the issues of risk, prediction, onset, persistence and desistance of criminal activity
Draws on research from studies in Europe, the UK, US and Australia, including the Stockholm Life-Course Project
Written by two leading figures in the field, this is an authoritative text that will guide you through your studies in life-course criminology, criminal career research, and developmental criminology.
Christoffer Carlsson (b. 1986) has a PhD in criminology from The Department of Criminology at Stockholm University. His main field of work is life-course criminology, where he has published extensively. In 2012, he received the European Society of Criminology's Young Criminologist Award for his work on turning points and desistance processes. Jerzy Sarnecki (b. 1947) came to Sweden from Warzaw, Poland as a refugee in 1969. He has a PhD in sociology from Stockholm University (1978) and is Professor of criminology at Stockholm University and University of Gavle. He has done extensive research on youth crime, criminal networks, and criminal policy, and is the author of several textbooks in criminology. Having worked on The Stockholm Life-Course Project since the late 1970s, Sarnecki has been the project director for the 2nd and 3rd waves of the study. He is also co-chair of the jury for the prestigious Stockholm Prize in Criminology.
Chapter 1: Life-Course Criminology: An Introduction Chapter 2: Criminological Theories and Criminal Careers Chapter 3: Life-Course Theories of Crime and Deviance Chapter 4: The Methodologies of Life-Course Criminology Chapter 5: Risk and Prediction of Criminal Careers Chapter 6: Onset of Crime Chapter 7: Continuity in Offending: Persistence Chapter 8: Desistance from Crime Chapter 9: Looking Back; Looking Forward