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Delinquency and Crime

Delinquency and Crime
Current Theories


Part of Cambridge Studies in Criminology

J. David Hawkins, Rolf Loeber, Delbert S. Elliott, Scott Menard, David P. Farrington, Richard F. Catalano, Terence P. Thornberry, Robert J. Bursik, Jr., David C. Rowe
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  • Date Published: August 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521478946

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  • Why is crime persistent over generations, within families and within certain individuals? Is crime the manifestation of an inherited latent trait or the result of a failure of socialization and norm-setting processes? Why do youths commit crimes? Delinquency and Crime contains essays by nine leading criminologists that seek to answer these and other questions by describing current theories of crime and the research evidence that supports them. The authors' views on crime causation go beyond traditional criminological theories of strain, cultural deviance, social control, differential association and social learning to present emerging and integrated models of the origins of crime, including antisocial peer socialization, social development, interactional theory, behavior genetics, and community determinants. Each essay explores the practical implication of the authors' theoretical work for crime prevention and control.

    • Contains current theories by nine leading criminologists on the bio-psychosocial causes of crime
    • Highly topical, subject matter of importance to criminological researchers, policy makers, and students
    • Authors explore a broad range of contributors to crime from genetics to community factors
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    • Date Published: August 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521478946
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction J. David Hawkins
    1. Developmental continuity, change, and pathways in male juvenile problem behaviors and delinquency Rolf Loeber
    2. Delinquent friends and delinquent behavior: temporal and developmental patterns Delbert S. Elliott and Scott Menard
    3. The explanation and prevention of youthful offending David P. Farrington
    4. The social development model: a theory of antisocial behavior Richard F. Catalano and J. David Hawkins
    5. Empirical support for interactional theory: a review of the literature Terence P. Thornberry
    6. The use of contextual analysis in models of criminal behavior Robert J. Bursik Jr.
    7. An adaptive strategy theory of crime and delinquency David C. Rowe.

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    J. David Hawkins, University of Washington


    J. David Hawkins, Rolf Loeber, Delbert S. Elliott, Scott Menard, David P. Farrington, Richard F. Catalano, Terence P. Thornberry, Robert J. Bursik, Jr., David C. Rowe

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