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Modern Control Theory and the Limits of Criminal Justice

Michael Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi


Modern Control Theory and the Limits of Criminal Justice updates and extends the authors’ classic general theory of crime (sometimes referred to as “self-control theory”). In Part I, contemporary evidence about the theory is summarized. Research from criminology, psychology, economics, education, and public health substantially supports the lifelong influence of self control as a significant cause of problem behaviors, including delinquency and crime, substance abuse, school problems, many forms of accidents, employment instability, and many poor health outcomes. Contemporary evidence is suppo ... More

Keywords: self control, self-control theory, social control, developmental theory, life-course criminology, deterrence, problem behaviors, criminal sanctions, comparative criminology, theory of conformity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190069797
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190069797.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Gottfredson, author
Chancellors Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, and Law, University of California, Irvine

Travis Hirschi, author
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona.