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Modern Control Theory and the Limits of Criminal Justice

Modern Control Theory and the Limits of Criminal Justice

Publisher Oxford University Press
Year 01/11/2019
Edition First
Pages 296
Version paperback
Readership level Professional and scholarly
Language English
ISBN 9780190069803
Categories Sociology, Crime & criminology, Criminology: legal aspects, Criminal justice law
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In 1990 when Michael Gottfredson and Travis Hisrchi published A General Theory of Crime, now often referred to as self control theory, it quickly became among the most discussed and researched perspectives in criminology. In Modern Control Theory and the Limits of the Criminal Justice, Gottfredson and Hirschi develop and extend the theory of self control advanced in their classic work. Focusing on the methodology of testing crime theory and measuring behavioral research on crime and delinquency, they critically review the evidence about self control theory. Gottfredson and Hirschi further discuss evidence about the positive consequences of higher levels of self control from education, economics, and public health, that-along with evidence from delinquency and crime-show substantial support for the theory of self control. Illustrating the theory through predictions about policing, incarceration, juvenile justice, and the connection of immigration policy to crime, this book connects self control theory to the structure and function of the criminal justice system, then applies the theory to pressing issues of public policy about delinquency and crime.

Modern Control Theory and the Limits of Criminal Justice

Table of contents

Part I: The Theory of Self Control
Chapter 1: Self-control Theory and Crime
Chapter 2: Methods and Measures in Testing a General Theory of Crime
Chapter 3: Age Matters
Chapter 4: Stability Matters
Chapter 5: Multiple Causes and Multiple Factors in a Choice Theory of Crime
Chapter 6: Self Control, Social Control, Morality, and Opportunity in a Choice Theory of Crime
Part II: Self Control and Public Policy
Chapter 7: General Theory, Public Policy, and the Limits of the Criminal Sanction
Chapter 8: Prisons, Deterrence, and Incapacitation: A View from a Prevention Perspective
Chapter 9: Crime, Immigration, and Public Policy
Chapter 10: Policing and Situational Crime Prevention
Chapter 11: Moving Forward: Developing Control Theory and Creating Advantages Throughout Life
Appendix 1: Stockholm Address by Travis Hirschi

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