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- DescriptionIt's often assumed that crimilogists kw a great deal about violent offenders, but in fact, there is little consensus about what distinguishes them from those who commit less serious crimes. There is even less agreement about whether violent offenders can be distinguished from chronic, nviolent offenders at all. The challenging question remains: why do some individuals commit violent offenses while so many others restrict themselves to nviolent ones? Thugs and Thieves argues that understanding the differential etiology of violence constitutes a fundamental chasm in the crimilogical literature. In the introductory chapters, the authors lay out the important theoretical and methodological deficiencies that have obstructed the production of a clear set of findings to answer this question. The authors then share a highly nuanced interpretation of child development research, focused on outlining important features of early life likely to be important in the etiology of serious physical aggression and violence. They also discuss criminal motivation and contextual factors in detail. Together, these lay the foundation for the selection of good prospects for predicting violent offending. Separate chapters are devoted to intelligence and executive function; academic achievement and other school factors; parental attachment; parental warmth and rejection; child abuse; poverty; communities; and substance abuse. Each chapter provides a comprehensive and systematic review of the existing evidence on the topic at hand through the differential etiology lens, to restructure what we already kw from the empirical literature. As such, the book provides a new way forward for understanding this important issue and also serves as a platform for generating hypothesis tests, directing future research, and better designing anti-violence policy. Thugs and Thieves will be of interest to crimilogists, psychologists, sociologists, students, policy makers, lawmakers, and readers interested in violence and aggression.
- Author BiographyJoanne Savage is an associate professor in the department of Justice, Law and Criminology at American University. Dr. Savage is primarily interested in the big picture of violence in society and, to that end, she has been researching a wide variety of topics related to causes of violent offending and has published extensively on that topic. She will be joining the faculty of the College of Applied Science and Technology at Illinois State University in the fall of 2016. Kevin H. Wozniak is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He studies the politics of punishment and criminal justice. He received his Ph.D. in justice, law, and society and American politics from American University.
- Author(s)Joanne Savage,Kevin H. Wozniak
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication01/06/2016
- SubjectPsychiatry & Clinical Psychology: Professional
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight660 g
- Width171 mm
- Height242 mm
- Spine32 mm
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