By Howard Williamson
How do a little youngsters "escape" from a lifetime of crime whereas others stay in it? This landmark booklet is the 1st longitudinal examine of deviancy that will get to the center of this query. in the course of the mid-1970s, Howard Williamson studied a bunch of younger offenders. Twenty-five years later, Williamson determined to trace them down with a view to learn the way their teenage years had formed their futures. the result's a rare account of the way a lot of those kids "beat all of the odds" whereas others remained embedded in illegal activity. a party of luck up to a affirmation of predetermination, this ebook is a salutary learn on how actual lives spread and even if public coverage makes a distinction. it's going to function a corrective to many modern social theories touching on possibility and transition that experience so far long gone unchallenged.