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This chapter reviews the contexts in which developmental and life course criminology (DLC) emerged and has endured. It offers a critical review of theoretical and methodological innovation and advancement within the paradigm, and explores the policy solutions offered by DLC scholars. Overall, it is argued that DLC has flourished despite hostile criticism from those with other epistemological and ontological leanings because of its social, economic and political acumen. Some concerns remain, however, about the potential for conceptual stasis within the paradigm due to a self-referential tendency that has become evident in the ways in which DLC scholarship is published and funded. The chapter concludes that DLC has radical potential provided it exhibits sufficient reflexivity in the ways in which it deploys theory and method. Important lessons can be learned from DLC and we urge wider disciplinary engagement.
|Title of host publication||Oxford Handbook of Criminology|
|Editors||Alison Liebling, Shadd Maruna, Lesley McAra|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Publication status||Published - 18 May 2017|
- risk factor paradigm
- age-crime curve
- theory building
- policy intervention
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ESYTC: The Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime: Criminal Justice Pathways and Desistance from Offending
1/06/09 → 30/09/11