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Profiles of crime recruitment: changing patterns over time.

Ackerley, Elizabeth and Francis, Brian and Soothill, Keith (2004) Profiles of crime recruitment: changing patterns over time. British Journal of Criminology, 44 (3). pp. 401-418. ISSN 1464-3529

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Abstract

Labelling theorists have stressed the importance of the first conviction in court as a significant change in an individual's public identity. Being described as a ‘murderer’, ‘thief’, etc. may have different implications for the development of a deviant identity. This paper describes the crime profile of offenders at the defining moment of their first criminal conviction. Using the six birth cohorts derived from the Offenders Index, changes over time are considered in two ways: changes within a birth cohort and changes between birth cohorts. There are considerable changes in the patterns of offending over time, with important gender differences. Three offence categories of burglary, robbery and violence, and drugs are considered in detail. Burglary has an age effect over time. Robbery and violence seem to have a significant cohort effect, while drugs offences show some evidence of a period effect.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Criminology
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Statistics and Operational Research
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 2407
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 31 Mar 2008 16:20
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:27
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2407

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