Definitions and Major Assumptions

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Part of the Palgrave's Frontiers in Criminology Theory book series (FCRT)

Abstract

This chapter deals with definitions and assumptions. The four behavioral styles that are used to define a criminal lifestyle are examined, followed by clarification on three sets of assumptions that buttress criminal lifestyle theory. The first set of assumptions establish a universal life instinct, a collective motivator (existential fear), and two basic responses (accommodation and assimilation). The second set of assumptions highlight the overlap, countervailing relationships, and correlated novelties that mark criminal development, choice, and change. The third set of assumptions underscore the value of using statistical procedures like mediation and moderation to integrate constructs and ideas from different criminological theories.

Keywords

Criminal lifestyle Definitions Assumptions 

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  1. 1.Kutztown UniversityKutztownUSA

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