The relationship between social and self-control:Tracing Hirschi's criminological career

Taylor, Claire J. J. (2001) The relationship between social and self-control:Tracing Hirschi's criminological career. Theoretical Criminology, 5 (3). pp. 369-388. ISSN 1461-7439

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This article explores the relationship between social control theory (Hirschi, 1969) and self-control theory (Gottfredson and Hirschi, 1990), with reference to Travis Hirschi's criminological career. It is suggested that focusing on Hirschi's intellectual development enables us to appreciate some of the theoretical shifts between his early and later work. How far there is a connection between social and self-control theory is a matter of some debate among commentators in the field. However, it is argued here that the two theoretical positions are based on fundamentally different principles, particularly in relation to the core concept of control.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Theoretical Criminology
Additional Information: The paper drew on email exchanges with Hirschi, and was cited by him in the introduction to the 2001 reissue of 'Causes of Delinquency', and by John Laub in his introduction to Hirschi's selected papers, 'The Craft of Criminology' (2002).
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/hn
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 3281
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2008 16:55
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 07:15

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