The wide-ranging scope of the Handbook of Life-Course Criminology
covers genetics and environment, child offenders and late bloomers,
the impact of school and peers, lifelong and time-limited criminal
careers, and qualitative and quantitative methodologies. This
unique Handbook is further set apart by its dual coverage of the
leading edge of current research and innovative directions for
future work in the field. Pathways to crime have been a central
concept of criminology from its inception. Accordingly, a lifespan
approach to the field has replaced earlier biological and
sociological perspectives with a more nuanced understanding of
offender behavior and a wider lens of study. The contributions to
this Handbook break down issues of criminal and antisocial behavior
from early childhood to late adulthood, examining developmentally
targeted prevention and intervention strategies and reviewing
emerging trends in research. Among the topics: . Childhood:
including physical aggression in childhood, pre- and peri-natal
development, and environment.. Adolescence: the impact of
schooling, unstructured time with peers, gang membership and peer
networks.. Adulthood: Adult onset crime, unemployment in emerging
adulthood, crime and adult outcomes.. Prevention and Intervention:
community programs, lifetime intervention strategies, re-entry.This
volume will be a valuable piece for researchers in Criminology and
Criminal Justice as well as related disciplines such as Sociology,
Developmental Psychology, and Social Policy. It will serve as an
important reference for the current state of research, as well as a
roadmap for future scholars. -- 'This impressive Handbook provides
comprehensive coverage of key developmental and life course issues
in criminology from birth to adulthood, including biology,
genetics, gangs, schools, neighborhoods, adult onset, desistance,
and interventions. The research recommendations in each chapter are
especially important, and they should stimulate advances in
knowledge for many years to come. This Handbook should be required
reading for all criminologists.' David P. Farrington, Professor of
Psychological Criminology, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK In
just a few decades developmental criminology has become the
dominant intellectual force in criminology. This volume
demonstrates why. It provides incisive reviews of important themes
in developmental criminology. More importantly, it lays out rich
agendas for future research that should inspire the next generation
of developmental criminologists. Daniel S. Nagin, Teresa and H.
John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and
Statistics, Carnegie Melon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA"
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