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The Resource The natural history of a delinquent career, [by] Clifford R. Shaw; in collaboration with Maurice E. Moore, (Elektronische Ressource)

The natural history of a delinquent career, [by] Clifford R. Shaw; in collaboration with Maurice E. Moore, (Elektronische Ressource)

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The natural history of a delinquent career
Title
The natural history of a delinquent career
Statement of responsibility
[by] Clifford R. Shaw; in collaboration with Maurice E. Moore
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Language
eng
Summary
"The life-history record is a relatively new instrument for the study of human behavior. As such it should be used with full consciousness of its values, limitations, and possible shortcomings. No one will question the value of the life-history as a human document when written freely and frankly. It admits the reader into the inner experience of other men, men apparently widely different from himself: criminals, hobos, and other adventurers. Through the life-history he becomes acquainted with those far removed from the sheltered routine of his own existence in much the same intimate way that he knows himself or a friend. As he lives, for the time being, their careers and participates in their memories and mistakes, aspirations and failures he comes to realize the basic likeness of all human beings despite the differences, real as they are, of biological endowment and social experience. Granted that the life-history possesses this unique human value, what if any is its function as an instrument of scientific inquiry? Is the writer of the document telling the truth? Is he not influenced, consciously or unconsciously, by his conception of his audience? Does any person know sufficiently well the causes of his own behavior for his statement, sincere though it may be, to be given full credence? These and other questions must be squarely faced before any final decision may be made upon the merits of the life-history as an instrument of scientific research. No attempt will be made to give an answer here. But attention should be called to the care and discrimination used in the securing and checking of the documents in this volume and the other life-histories in preparation for this series. First of all the person is asked to write the history of his experience in his own way uninfluenced by a series of detailed guide questions. The events of the history are then checked by interviews with parents, brothers and sisters, friends, gang associates, school teachers and principals, probation officers, and social workers. Official records are secured and the accounts of delinquencies checked against written reports. Finally, it is realized that it is hazardous to venture generalizations based upon the data in a few case studies. For that reason Mr. Shaw and his associates are now engaged in the task of obtaining a considerable number of life-histories of criminal careers. The comparison and analysis of a sufficiently large collection of these documents ought to throw light upon the validity of their use in the scientific inquiry into human behavior"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2011 APA, all rights reserved)
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Shaw, Clifford R.,
Dewey number
364
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Moore, Maurice E
Series statement
Behavior research fund monographs
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  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Crime and criminals
  • Prisons
  • Crime
  • Criminals
  • Prisons
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Chicago (Ill.)
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The natural history of a delinquent career, [by] Clifford R. Shaw; in collaboration with Maurice E. Moore, (Elektronische Ressource)
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Note
"Sidney's own story": p. [51]-223. - Electronic reproduction; Washington, D.C; American Psychological Association; 2011; Available via World Wide Web; Access limited by licensing agreement; s2011 dcunns
Control code
ocn881360678
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
Online-Ressource (xv, 280 p.)
Form of item
electronic
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System control number
(OCoLC)881360678
Label
The natural history of a delinquent career, [by] Clifford R. Shaw; in collaboration with Maurice E. Moore, (Elektronische Ressource)
Publication
Note
"Sidney's own story": p. [51]-223. - Electronic reproduction; Washington, D.C; American Psychological Association; 2011; Available via World Wide Web; Access limited by licensing agreement; s2011 dcunns
Control code
ocn881360678
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
Online-Ressource (xv, 280 p.)
Form of item
electronic
Other physical details
map.
System control number
(OCoLC)881360678

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