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Sex and Age Homophily in Co-offending Networks: Opportunity or Preference?

WithSarah B. van Mastrigt, Peter J. Carrington

Interest in examining the structures and characteristics of social networks has gained considerable popularity over the past few decades, also in criminology (Bouchard & Nuygen, 2010; Carrington, 2011; Haynie, 2002; McGloin & Kirk, 2010; Morselli, 2009; Mullins & Wright, 2003; Sarnecki, 2001). Although criminological attention to the network paradigm has increased recently, there are several areas of inquiry that are particularly well suited to network-type analyses which have yet to be fully explored. One of these is the study of joint criminal action, or co-offending.