Crime in the making: pathways and turning points through life

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Harvard University Press, 1993 - 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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Toward an Agegraded Theory of Informal Social Control
Unraveling Juvenile Delinquency and Followup Studies
Restoring Supplementing and Validating the Data

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Robert J. Sampson is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Harvard University.

John H. Laub is professor of criminology and criminal justice in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also an affiliated scholar at the Henry A. Murray Center at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

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