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- DescriptionSelf-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. *to describe the scientific evidence on the effects of low self-control on criminal, deviant, and harmful behaviours. *to provide an integrative, interdisciplinary framework for understanding the meaning, causes, and consequences of low self-control. *to emphasize the practical, public policy value of this self-control research. Theoretical efforts in crimilogy and the social sciences too often neglect pressing matters of public policy, and theory may even at times seem little more than fanciful ideas disconnected from real-world events 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.
- Author BiographyCarter Hay is a professor and the director of graduate studies in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. His articles, chapters, and books have focused on the causes and consequences of crime and deviance over the life course, with a special focus on self-control and its early in life precursors. Ryan C. Meldrum is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 2010. His research addresses individual level correlates of delinquent behavior, with a particular emphasis on child development and the role of self-control.
- Author(s)Carter H. Hay,Ryan C. Meldrum
- PublisherSAGE Publications Inc
- Date of Publication16/04/2015
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationThousand Oaks
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSAGE Publications Inc
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight408 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine20 mm
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