Thornberry's Social Bonding Theory

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While there are several noteworthy life-course theories in addition to Thornberry’s theory, one is deserving of special consideration because it represents a revision of an earlier theory based on developmental findings. That is the General Theory of Crime proposed by Travis Hirschi and Michael R. Gottfredson (1990). Hirschi, as you may recall, had earlier set out the influential social bonding theory in 1969. However, he and Gottfredson reviewed the research and decided that most theories of crime and delinquency causation were wrong. What Hirschi and Gottfredson wrote was succinct and to the
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