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The Phenomenology of Specialization of Criminal Suspects

Författare:
  • Michele Tuminello
  • Christofer Edling
  • Fredrik Liljeros
  • Rosario N Mantegna
  • Jerzy Sarnecki
Publiceringsår: 2013
Språk: Engelska
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: PLoS ONE
Volym: 8
Nummer: 5
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Public Library of Science

Abstract english

A criminal career can be either general, with the criminal committing different types of crimes, or specialized, with the criminal committing a specific type of crime. A central problem in the study of crime specialization is to determine, from the perspective of the criminal, which crimes should be considered similar and which crimes should be considered distinct. We study a large set of Swedish suspects to empirically investigate generalist and specialist behavior in crime. We show that there is a large group of suspects who can be described as generalists. At the same time, we observe a non-trivial pattern of specialization across age and gender of suspects. Women are less prone to commit crimes of certain types, and, for instance, are more prone to specialize in crimes related to fraud. We also find evidence of temporal specialization of suspects. Older persons are more specialized than younger ones, and some crime types are preferentially committed by suspects of different ages.

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  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

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Published
  • ISSN: 1932-6203
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Jag disputerade 1999 vid Stockholms Universitet (Essays on Social Dynamics, 1998) med Peter Hedström som handledare. Mellan 2002 och 2005 var jag Torgny Segerstedt Pro Futura Fellow vid Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS) i Uppsala.

2003 blev jag docent i sociologi, och 2004 universitetslektor, vid Stockholms Universitet, där jag var prefekt vid Sociologiska institutionen 2006 till 2008.

Jag flyttade till en professur vid Jacobs University Bremen i Tyskland 2008 och rekryterades till Lunds universitet som professor 2012.

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