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Laub (criminology, Univ. of Maryland) and Sampson (sociology, Harvard Univ.) reflect on the persistence and desistance of crime across life spans and in current criminological literature in this enlightening investigation into linkages between childhood, delinquency, and criminality. Background factors and behavior spotlight life events leading delinquents to stop or continue breaking the law as youth or adults. The examination uses the Glueck study (Unraveling Juvenile Delinquency, 1950) as a foundation for later substantial data collection and insightful analysis, and the authors' Crime in the Making (CH, Nov'93) provides an instrumental framework as they integrate extensive quantitative and in-depth qualitative data to answer challenging criminological questions. The first three chapters present key theoretical and methodological approaches used to unfold deviant and criminal behavior. An important discussion on the life course of crime is found in chapter 3; current study methods are described in chapter 4. Subsequent chapters begin with a demanding quantitative analysis, then elucidate with powerful life-history narratives. The last two chapters present an extremely informative synthesis and concluding observations. Rounded out with an excellent bibliography, this book is a must for anyone involved in these questions and should be the basis for social policy. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Most libraries. J. H. Larson University of North Dakota
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