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University of Alberta
Alison Dunwoody

February 6, 2014 Life-course criminology -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 environmental factors Key Concepts: -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. Additional themes: -the social means of age throughout the life-course -what ages are associated with what crimes? At 40 more likely to embezzle than at 18 -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” -how can
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