February 6, 2014
-development is seen as a constant series of interactions between individuals and
environments; crime is an evolving process that cannot be fully explained by either individual or
-trajectories and transitions
-transitions are short term changes in our lives that can change our overall
trajectories i.e. the birth of a child, a job promotion etc. The transitions we go through will have
long term effects on us and will affect us in our later years.
- transition in the childhood stage could be the loss of a parent leading to lack of
supervision or parenting and could possibly be prompted into a life of crime. Similarily in
adolescence, if one drops out of school they may lead a life of crime simply to get by.
-the social means of age throughout the life-course
-what ages are associated with what crimes? At 40 more likely to embezzle than
-intergenerational transmission of social patterns
-the effects of major events and structural location on the life histories of individuals
-structural location is your place or status in the social hierarchy
Life-course criminology is really focused on longitudinal studies. Studying the same individuals
over the course of their lives.
-Aims to identify both “risk factors” and “protective (or resilience) factors”