Crime in the Making: Pathways and Turning Points Through Life

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Harvard University Press, 1995 - Social Science - 309 pages
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This new theory of crime over the life course provides an important foundation for rethinking criminal justice policy. It is based on the reanalysis of a classic set of data: Sheldon and Eleanor Gluecks' mid-century study of 500 delinquents and 500 nondelinquents from childhood to adulthood. Several years ago, Robert Sampson and John Laub dusted off sixty cartons of the Gleucks' data that had been stored in the basement of the Harvard Law School and undertook a lengthy process of recoding, computerizing, and reanalyzing it. On the basis of their findings, they developed a theory of informal social control that acknowledges the importance of childhood behavior but rejects the implication that adult social factors have little relevance. This theory accounts for both stability and change in crime and deviance throughout the life course.

  

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Contents

Toward an Agegraded Theory of Informal Social Control
6
Unraveling Juvenile Delinquency and Followup Studies
25
Restoring Supplementing and Validating the Data
47
The Family Context of Juvenile Delinquency
64
The Role of School Peers and Siblings
99
Continuity in Behavior over Time
123
Adult Social Bonds and Change in Criminal Behavior
139
Comparative Models of Crime and Deviance
179
Exploring Life Histories
204
Summing Up and Looking Ahead
243
Interviews with the Gluecks Original Research Staff
259
Notes
267
References
287
Index
305
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Robert J. Sampson is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Harvard University.

John H. Laub is Professor of Criminology, University of Maryland.

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