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Participation and Frequency in Criminal Convictions across 25 Successive Birth Cohorts: Collectivity, Polarization, or Convergence?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6191-7002
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2985-6366
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4036-387X
2019 (English)In: Justice quarterly, ISSN 0741-8825, E-ISSN 1745-9109Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Against the backdrop of an overall declining crime trend our overarching objective is to explore whether this development has concealed any degree of divergence between participation and frequency in crime. We employ Swedish longitudinal data comprising 25 complete birth cohorts born between 1960 and 1984 and followed to age 30 using convictions data. The results show a complex pattern of change, by which the crime rate partly conceals divergent processes between participation and frequency. In particular, among the males we find a consistent decrease in the size of the convicted population, whereas the frequency of crimes among convicted offenders has increased across cohorts born during the early 1970s and later. We discuss the results against both behavioral and reactional mechanisms and conclude that future crime trends research should consider a broad range of criminal career parameters which cannot be discerned using aggregate crime data.

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The crime drop, criminal careers, age–crime curve, longitudinal, birth cohort
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Criminology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-177216DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2019.1699941ISI: 000503136400001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-177216DiVA, id: diva2:1380155
Available from: 2019-12-18 Created: 2019-12-18 Last updated: 2020-01-07Bibliographically approved

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