Legacies of Crime: A Follow-Up of the Children of Highly Delinquent Girls and Boys - Cambridge Studies in Criminology (Paperback)
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Legacies of Crime: A Follow-Up of the Children of Highly Delinquent Girls and Boys - Cambridge Studies in Criminology (Paperback)

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Published: 26/02/2010
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Legacies of Crime explores the lives of seriously delinquent girls and boys in the United States who were followed over a twenty-year period as they grew to adulthood. In-depth interviews with these women and men and their children - a majority now adolescents themselves - depict the adults' economic and social disadvantages and continued criminal involvement, and in turn the unique vulnerabilities of their children. Giordano identifies family dynamics that foster the intergenerational transmission of crime, violence, and drug abuse, rejecting the notion that such continuities are based solely on genetic similarities or even lax, inconsistent parenting. The author breaks new ground in directly exploring - and in the process revising - the basic tenets of classic social learning theories, and confronting the complications associated with the parent's gender. Legacies of Crime also identifies factors associated with resilience in the face of what is often a formidable package of risks favoring intergenerational continuity.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521705516
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 226 x 150 x 20 mm


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“Legacies of Crime is destined to become a classic life course study. Focusing on serious offenders in the current social and economic context, Giordano gives us an explicit and disturbing look at why so few offenders desist from crime and why so few of their children can be considered resilient. In graphic detail, the children’s accounts of their lives, and of their parents’ criminality, focuses our attention on the multiple ways they process and learn from their parents’ behavior and how, in turn, they struggle to shape their own identities. Both scholars and policymakers have much to learn from this masterful study.” – Candace Kruttschnitt, University of Toronto

“Giordano presents a masterful look at how the costs of crime are transmitted across generations. Decades of careful and systematic longitudinal research are synthesized with hours of in-depth qualitative interviews to address the issue of why crime is so often clustered within families. By weaving together the narratives of young people who have grown up with justice-involved parents, Giordano opens up a window into the lives of some of the nation’s most vulnerable children and adolescents. It is through the voices of these children that we begin to understand the mechanisms that sustain and encourage a criminal lifestyle across generations. This book will be of great interest to anyone who is invested in promoting the healthy development of at-risk children; their stories and messages are difficult to hear, but impossible to ignore.” – Candice L. Odgers, University of California, Irvine

“This is an impressive book – a qualitative and quantitative gem – that provides a longer ‘life course’ lens than most prior research on the intergenerational transmission of crime or delinquency and other risky behaviors. Criminologists, family and gender scholars, and social scientists will be reading and talking about Legacies of Crime for a long time.” – Darrell Steffensmeier, Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Penn State University

"This is an excellent study of how intergenerational transmission of crime or delinquency, as well as other risky behaviors, evolves and persists.... Highly recommended." - Choice

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