Some Future Trajectories for Life Course Criminology

D. Wayne Osgood

in The Future of Criminology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917938
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950430 | DOI:
Some Future Trajectories for Life Course Criminology

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This chapter focuses on life course criminology, and particularly the relationship between crime and age as expressed in the age-crime curve. It considers within-individual differences such as persistence and desistance, and the impact of life transitions, such as marriage and entering the workforce, on offending. It advocates future studies on the explanation of the age-crime curve, and particularly changes in within-individual explanations rather than permanent individual differences.

Keywords: crime; age; age-crime curve; persistence; desistance; life change; offending

Chapter.  3565 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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