Families and Crime: the Intergenerational Patterns of Offending in Crewe

Barry S. Godfrey, David J. Cox and Stephen D. Farrall

in Criminal Lives

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780199217205
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696046 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Families and Crime: the Intergenerational Patterns of Offending in Crewe

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Many of the persistent offenders had sons and daughters of their own. This chapter explores the persistence of criminality from the persistent offenders’ parents to their grandchildren. From the sample of 101 persistent offenders, 64 had children, and in all there were 318 children born from unions involving these 64 individuals. The study suggests that the transmission of intergenerational patterns of persistent criminality exists only in the short term and does not persist over longer periods of time. It would appear that in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, short term transmission was reasonably common, while longer term transmission was a rarity. The commonly held belief that there are generations of people within ‘criminal families’ is erroneous. These processes are influenced by social structure and, in part, elective.

Keywords: offending patterns; criminal families; social structure; families

Chapter.  12713 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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