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Elder, Glen H., Jr. (2000). Extreme Situations in Young Lives. Theoretical Criminology, 4(2), 208-215.


We are fascinated by human survival in extreme situations, from life on the western frontier to the Second World War. In their pathbreaking book, Hagan and McCarthy also focus on extreme situations-in this case, the “mean streets of Toronto and Vancouver.” They investigate the survival adaptations of Canadian street youth (looking for food, safety, a place to sleep). The authors assert that “the depiction of social experience is most revealing when it considers people in extreme circumstances”.


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Theoretical Criminology


Elder, Glen H., Jr.