Neighbourhood Effects on Criminal Careers: A Longitudinal Qualitative Study

Colin Webster, University of Teesside

The focus is part of a larger study about youth transitions and social exclusion in poor areas. 180 16-25 year olds were interviewed in-depth about work/education/training, family, crime and drug use, housing and area, and social networks and leisure in 1999. From this sample individuals having significant involvement in crime and/or drug use were identified as a sub sample. They were followed up, recontacted and where possible reinterviewed five years later in 2003 to see what had happened to them. This study of continuity and change in the lives of career criminals and/or drug users demonstrates the effects of interacting factors and critical moments on persistence and desistence at the individual and neighbourhood level.

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