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The idea of peer influence as a cause of delinquency has been around since the 1930s, when Edwin Sutherland offered his theory of differential association. Although that theory and similar ones remain popular and have strong empirical support, more recent theories reject the idea completely. This book surveys the research literature on peer influence, reveals that most offenders are imbedded in a network of friends and accomplices, and describes numerous possible mechanisms of peer influence.Read more
- Will be of universal interest to criminologists and others interested in crime
- Was the first book on this topic in the field
- Is clearly written and will be easily comprehensible to graduate and undergraduate students alike
- Winner of the Michael J. Hindelang Award for the book that makes the most outstanding contribution to research in the field of criminology
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"Warr examines key questions concerning the relationship between peer influence and delinquent/criminal behavior. He develops in a systematic and sophisticated fashion concepts and relationships used to explain delinquency.... An excellent bibliography rounds out this valuable contribution. All levels and collections." Choice
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- Date Published: February 2002
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521009164
- length: 192 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 155 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.29kg
- contains: 18 b/w illus. 1 table
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Peers in the life course
3. The group character of crime and delinquency
4. Peers and delinquent conduct
5. Applying peer explanations of delinquency
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