Modern Control Theory and the Limits of Criminal Justice

ISBN : 9780190069803

Michael Gottfredson; Travis Hirschi
296 Pages
156 x 156 mm
Pub date
Jan 2020
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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.


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

About the author: 

Michael Gottfredson is Chancellors' Professor of Criminology Law and Society, Sociology, and Law at the University of California, Irvine. From 2000-2012 he served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at UC Irvine and from 2012-14 as President of the University of Oregon. He has published extensively in criminology on the causes of crime and delinquency, criminal victimization, and the criminal justice process. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and the Western Society of Criminology and the recipient of the Tappan award for criminological theory. Travis Hirschi is Regents' Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, through 2018. He is the author of Causes of Delinquency, Delinquency Research (with Hanan Selvin), and A General Theory of Crime (with Michael Gottfredson). He has published extensively on the causes of crime, research methodology, and the corelates of crime and delinquency. He is a Past President and Fellow of the American Society of; Criminology and the recipient of the Sutherland Award and the Stockholm Prize in criminology.

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