Tracing the Roots of Criminal Lifestyle Theory

  • Glenn D. Walters
Part of the Palgrave's Frontiers in Criminology Theory book series (FCRT)


Chapter 1 provides an overview of lifestyle theory and describes how it is rooted in nonlinear dynamical systems (chaos) theory and the conceptualizations of other criminological theorists. The first half of the chapter introduces the reader to chaos theory, describes what is meant by nonlinear dynamical systems theory, and defines the seven chaotic principles used to clarify concepts and relationships in the lifestyle theory of crime. The second half of the chapter identifies ten theorists or theorist teams that have provided much of the foundation upon which the lifestyle theory of crime is based: i.e., Yochelson & Samenow, Bandura, Sykes & Matza, Farrington & West, Hare, Gottfredson & Hirschi, Sutherland, Clarke & Felson, Cooley & Meade, and Agnew.


Nonlinear dynamical systems theory Chaos Criminological theory 


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