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Criminals in the Making
Criminality Across the Life Course

Second Edition


February 2014 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Why do individuals exposed to the same environment turn out so differently, with some engaging in crime and others abiding by societal rules and norms? Why are males involved in violent crime more often than females? And why do the precursors of serious pathological behavior typically emerge in childhood? This fascinating text addresses key questions surrounding criminal propensity by discussing studies of the life-course perspective—criminological research that links biological factors associated with criminality with the social and environmental agents thought to cause, facilitate, or otherwise influence a tendency towards criminal activity. The book provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary coverage of the current thinking in the field about criminal behavior over the course of a lifetime. Additionally, it highlights interventions proven effective and illustrates how the life-course perspective has contributed to a greater understanding of the causes of crime.
 
Chapter 1. Life Course Criminology
 
Chapter 2. The Stability of Criminal and Analogous Behaviors
 
Chapter 3. Continuity in Antisocial Potential
 
Chapter 4. Genetics and Crime
 
Chapter 5. Introduction to Brain Structure and Basic Functions—Part I: The Hindbrain, Midbrain, and Limbic Structures In the Development of Criminality
 
Chapter 6. Introduction to Brain Structure and Basic Functions—Part II: Forebrain Formations, Trauma, and Criminal Behavior
 
Chapter 7. Concepts and Issues in Neuropsychological Functioning
 
Chapter 8. Sex Differences in Brain Processes and Laterality
 
Chapter 9. Special Topics in the Life Course: Psychopathy, Early Onset, and Drug Influences on Criminality
 
Chapter 10. Individuals and Their Social World
 
Chapter 11. Families and Crime
 
Chapter 12. Prepubescence: Infancy and Childhood
 
Chapter 13. Postpubescence: Adolescence and Adulthood
 
Chapter 14. Policy Recommendations

This book has some very interesting theories which are well presented. The variety of issues covered enable this text to be useful with Equality and Diversity units as well as sociology.

Miss Alison Clair Barry
Vocational Education , Newcastle-under-Lyme College
August 15, 2016

A very interesting text, which offers an up to date analysis of biological perspectives on criminality It will assist learners who wish to explore this specific area in greater depth for their assignments. There are certainly aspects I will be incorporating into the Youth Justice module providing a contrast to the sociological explanations of youth crime.

Miss Jacky Foster
Camborne College, Cornwall College
June 10, 2015

A fascinating read, but very skewed towards a biological reading of criminality

Mr Armin Luthi
Fac of Health & Social Care Sciences, Kingston University
May 29, 2015

A very well organised, up to date book on the explanations of crime

Dr Maria Ioannou
School of Human and Health Sciences, Huddersfield University
January 2, 2015

Another text for students to extend their additional reading to support their assignment work.

Mr Jon Dennis
Public Services & Sport, Easton College
December 4, 2014

This will add to the material already delivered in a supportive way as it brings more in depth, modern studies of the traditional explanations of crime.

Ms Allison Savory
Department of Social Sciences, Bucks New University
July 10, 2014

Did not fit my purposes for a sociological perspective

Professor Donna King
Sociology Anthropology Dept, University Of Central Florida
June 21, 2014

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John Paul Wright

John Paul Wright is Professor of Criminal Justice in the Division of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati and is Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University, Jedda, Saudia Arabia. Dr. Wright was rated as the most productive associate professor in criminology and was recently evaluated as one of the most cited criminologists in the United States.  He earned his undergraduate degrees in criminology from Indiana State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. He has published over 130 scholarly articles in criminology, psychology, behavioral genetics, and molecular genetics journals and is a... More About Author

Stephen G. Tibbetts

Stephen G. Tibbetts, currently a Professor at California State University, San Bernardino, has been pursuing an understanding of criminal offending for over the past two decades. He has attempted to discover the extent to which individuals’ inherent dispositions and attitudinal traits contribute to their offending decisions, especially in relation to other factors, such as demographic, developmental, and situational factors. Dr. Tibbetts’ research has included work on the differences between men and women in their decisions to commit deviant behavior, as well as their perceptions of risk and consequences of getting caught. His... More About Author

Leah Elizabeth Daigle

Leah E. Daigle is professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She received her PhD in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2005. Her most recent research is centered on repeat sexual victimization of college women and responses women use during and after being sexually victimized. Her other research interests include the development and continuation of offending and victimization across the life course. She is author of Victimology: A Text/Reader (2nd ed.), Victimology: The Essentials (2nd ed.), coauthor of Criminals in the Making... More About Author

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