Self-Control and Crime Over the Life Course introduces readers to the idea of self-control and its importance for understanding criminal behaviour. Using intuitive examples, the authors draw attention to the close connection between self-control and the behavioural choices people make, especially in reference to criminal, deviant, and harmful behaviours that often carry short-term benefits but long-term costs. To achieve this, the authors employ two main perspectives throughout the book (1) studying self-control as an interdisciplinary construct informed by different but compatible perspectives; (2) studying self-control as a concept with immense practical, public policy value.
The book provides a contemporary, interdisciplinary view on the state of the theory and focuses on self-control to achieve three purposes.
The book includes charts, graphs, and boxed inserts to illustrate the arguments and connect them to case studies and current events that show the behavioural and policy relevance of self-control theory and research.
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 426 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 20 mm
"Hay and Meldrum provide a masterful and timely synthesis of the disparate literatures on self-control, one of the most important concepts in the study of antisocial behavior and deviance. Their clear, cogent, and objective assessment will not only inform ongoing research, but will also provide direction to the next generation of criminologists." -- Michael D. Reisig
"There is little debate that the relationship between self-control and crime over the life-course has been among the most central of all criminological issues over the past quarter-century and the theoretical, empirical, and policy-related contributions have skyrocketed thereby keeping tabs on new findings has been difficult, that is, until now. Hay and Meldrum, two of the field's most foremost thinkers on self-control have brought together this literature in a careful and easy going way. With chapter introductions that situate the material in real-world examples, they draw readers in and keep them there. A wonderful overview of the state of the science with many nuggets for future research outlined." -- Alex R. Piquero, PhD
"I like the writing style of the text. It is written at a level that complements the ability of my students. It is also a fun read and has examples that are real attention-getters."-- J. Mitchell Miller
"Hay and Meldrum have put together an impressive book that covers the sweeping literature on self-control and its impact on human behavior. This is an indispensable resource for students and scholars interested in understanding one of criminology's most consistent predictors of criminal behavior." -- J.C. Barnes, Ph.D.
"A contemporary synopsis of one of the major criminological theories."-- Jennifer Wareham, Ph.D.
"The writing is very good. The authors include a well-known senior and surging junior colleague whose reputations will add credibility to the authoritative quality of the book."-- Nadine M. Connell, Ph.D.
"Addresses the intersection of child development, brain development, neighborhoods and self-control and crime as well as policy issues."-- Rebecca S. Katz, Ph.D.
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