Criminal Careers of Places

Sue-Ming Yang, David Weisburd, Elizabeth R. Groff

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Though both individuals and places have long been the foci of criminological research, the majority of criminological research focuses on individual criminal involvement (Reiss 1986). As a result, criminologists often assume that places play a relatively minor role in explaining crime compared to an individual’s criminal propensity. In fact, there has been a long history of studying of crime at places dating back to the nineteenth century.
In the recent decades, there has been a gradually increasing interest in academia to study crime at places. Particularly, research has focused on the distribution of crime across geographic places as well as the explanatory factors of crime at places (Weisburd et al. 2012; Sampson et al. 1997). To provide an overview for the recent development, this entry reviews literature related to crime concentration, longitudinal crime rates at places, and empirical findings as well as challenges faced when studying the criminal career of places.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice
EditorsGerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781461456902
StatePublished - 2014


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