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Modern Control Theory and the Limits of Criminal Justice$
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Michael Gottfredson and Travis Hirschi

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190069797

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190069797.001.0001

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Moving Control Theory Forward

Moving Control Theory Forward

Developing Control Theory and Creating Advantages Throughout Life

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(p.205) Chapter 11 Moving Control Theory Forward
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Modern Control Theory and the Limits of Criminal Justice
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Michael Gottfredson

Travis Hirschi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190069797.003.0011

Research on self control from several disciplines demonstrates that relatively high levels of self control, emerging from childhood, create considerable personal advantages that accumulate throughout life. This chapter summarizes modern control theory and discusses directions for future development. It highlights the advantages of control theory, including disciplinary-free definitions of human nature and self control and the focus on childhood socialization. The potential for advances in measurement and application is described. Contributions of the theory to public policy are summarized. The role of higher levels of self control for lifelong advantages and the benefits of prevention are described as expectations of the theory worthy of considerable attention. The value of the theory for macro and comparative criminology is discussed.

Keywords:   self-control theory, self control, crime, human nature, early childhood socialization, global criminology, crime prevention

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