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Travis Warner Hirschi

Travis Warner Hirschi is among leading American sociologists and an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Arizona. Travis Warner Hirschi helped develop the modern version of the social control theory of crime and also the self-control theory of crime. Hirschi was born in Rockville, Utah. He attended the University of Utah where he obtained undergraduate and master's degrees. Hirschi received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

In Causes of Delinquency, Hirschi posited his version of social control theory. He wrote that social bonds encouraged conforming behavior and prevented most people from committing crimes. Hirschi and Michael Hindelang published a study which showed that IQ and social class were equally predictive of crime.