Journal of Quantitative Criminology

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 201-211

First online:

Self-control as a general theory of crime

  • Ronald L. AkersAffiliated withDepartment of Sociology, Center for Studies in Criminology and Law, University of Florida

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Low self-control theory will have an impact on criminological theory. G&H's arguments are too forcefully and intelligently made to be ignored. I anticipate that the theory will inspire a great deal of attention and research (and much of it may be in an attempt to prove them wrong). The value of self-control theory would be advanced even more, however, if G&H would grapple with the tautology problem, attend to theoretical linkages with prior control theory, and ease off a bit from the oppositional strategy in comparing their theory with other theories.