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Christofer Edling

Christofer Edling

Dekan | Professor

Christofer Edling

The Phenomenology of Specialization of Criminal Suspects

Författare

  • Michele Tuminello
  • Christofer Edling
  • Fredrik Liljeros
  • Rosario N Mantegna
  • Jerzy Sarnecki

Summary, in 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.

Avdelning/ar

  • Sociologi

Publiceringsår

2013

Språk

Engelska

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

PLoS ONE

Volym

8

Issue

5

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Public Library of Science

Ämne

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

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 1932-6203