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How Work Affects Crime—And Crime Affects Work—Over The Life Course

  • Sarah Lageson
  • Christopher UggenEmail author
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Abstract

The meaning and social significance of both work and crime change dramatically over the life course. This chapter considers the connection between employment and criminal behavior at different life-course stages. We briefly discuss theories suggesting a general link between work and crime, and then take up the question of how work affects crime in adolescence, emerging adulthood, and older ages. We next report on classic and contemporary research showing how crime and punishment affect employment and earnings. The chapter concludes by taking stock of what has been learned and suggesting lines of further inquiry into when and how work matters for crime and delinquency.

Keywords

Employment Crime Punishment Life course 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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