Criminal Lives: Family Life, Employment, and Offending by Barry S. Godfrey

Criminal Lives: Family Life, Employment, and Offending

byBarry S. Godfrey, David J. Cox, Stephen Farrall

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This book uses historical data to directly address modern criminological debates. There is currently a huge growth of interest in histories of crime, and intellectual conversations and connections between historians and criminologists are becoming much more frequent. However, published workwhich uses historical data to this extent is rare. This book's aim is to draw a wide audience from the worlds of criminology, history, and social policy and engage in a genuinely interdisciplinary debate. This book addresses a number of important questions about offenders' persistence in, or desistance from, crime and questions the current theoretical frameworks that are given to explain why some people stop, or slow down, their offending, and why offenders' children become involved in crime. Byusing criminal registers, census material, and newspaper reports from 1880 -1940 for one industrial town in North-West England, this book asks how and why did some people stop offending, and what part did employment, relationship formation, and family responsibility play in that process; wascriminality passed on from parent to child, and if so, how; and to what extent were persistent offenders also persistent victims?

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Barry Godfrey is Reader in Criminology, and Director of the Institute of Law, Politics and Justice, Keele University Stephen Farrell is a Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Law, Politics and Justice, Keele University Dr. David Cox is a Fellow at the University of Keele
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Title:Criminal Lives: Family Life, Employment, and OffendingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:April 12, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Introduction2. The Social History of Crewe3. Persistent Criminality in Crewe 1880-19404. Informal Social Control and 'Reform': Marriage, Employment, and Desistance from Crime5. Families and Crime: Intergenerational Pattern of Offending in Crewe6. Victimization and Offending7. ConclusionsAppendix A: Our Data Sets and ArchitectureAppendix B: The Mechanics and Validity of the Censuses, 1841-1901Appendix C: Nested Data and Appropriate Statistical Techniques- Analysis of the Crewe Data Results