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NCJ Number: 157575 Find in a Library
Title: Age-Inequality and Property Crime: The Effects of Age-Linked Stratification and Status-Attainment Processes on Patterns of Criminality Across the Life Course (From Crime and Inequality, P 95-115, 1995, John Hagan and Ruth D. Peterson, eds. - See NCJ- 157570)
Author(s): D Steffensmeier; E A Allan
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Stanford University Press
Stanford, CA 94305
Sale Source: Stanford University Press
Stanford, CA 94305
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The analyses in this chapter focus on the way in which age- stratification processes in the larger society shape the age distribution of property crimes.
Abstract: The first relationship examined here is that between youth inequality and the high concentration of property offending among adolescents. The authors explicate the age-inequality explanation for the traditional age-crime curve to examine interrelationship among crime, age-inequality, and other dimensions of inequality; and variations in the age-crime curve in connection with cultural and historical variations in age-inequality. The second relationship analyzed in this chapter involves links between age and involvement in high-yield property crimes; these patterns seem to parallel the relationship between greater maturity and status attainment in the legitimate economy. A comparison of age curves for athletes and criminals provides a model for understanding similarities in the interaction between age stratification and other dimensions of inequality in both legitimate and illegitimate opportunity structures. 5 figures
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Age discrimination; Juvenile offenders; Property crimes; Statistics
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