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Crime and the Economy



March 2013 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In this unique and timely book, two of the world's leading criminologists explore the connections between crime and economic conditions. The authors skilfully draw on influential criminological theories to formulate an original "institutional" perspective. This perspective sheds light on the complex ways in which levels and forms of crime reflect the structure and functioning of the economy in advanced capitalist societies.

 

The book offers a readable, interesting and accessible analysis, addressing an array of different criminal activities, including:

  • violent crime
  • drug crime
  • white-collar crime
  • organised crime
  • fraud
  • corporate crime.

Crime and the Economy is written with clarity and flair. Technical terms, where used, are fully explained; relevant examples punctuate the discussion; and key points are supported by graphs and diagrams. It is essential reading for undergraduates, graduate students, and academics in criminology and sociology.

 

 

Compact Criminology is an exciting series that invigorates and challenges the international field of criminology. 

 

Books in the series are short, authoritative, innovative assessments of emerging issues in criminology and criminal justice – offering critical, accessible introductions to important topics.  They take a global rather than a narrowly national approach.  Eminently readable and first-rate in quality, each book is written by a leading specialist.

 

Compact Criminology provides a new type of tool for teaching, learning and research, one that is flexible and light on its feet. The series addresses fundamental needs in the growing and increasingly differentiated field of criminology.

 
Through the Looking Glass: The Complex Relationship between Crime and the Economy
 
The Theoretical Toolkit of Contemporary Criminology
 
Bringing in Institutions: Markets, Morality and Crime
 
Understanding the Economic Context of Crime in Capitalist Societies
 
Implications for Policy and Social Change

Is it greed or need that causes crime in contemporary consumer societies? In five brilliant chapters world-leading criminologists Richard Rosenfeld and Steven F. Messner explore issues from market morality to welfare policies. With their trade-mark mastery of theoretical tools and empirical data they provide a stunning overview of ideas and research, and impress with fresh insights into a classical problem of criminology. This book will fascinate students as much as advanced researchers.
Susanne Karstedt
Professor of Criminology, University of Leeds


The relationship between crime and the economy is surprisingly

complex, frequently defying easy description. In this slim and highly readable volume Rosenfeld and Messner deftly lead us through these complexities, making a convincing argument that the strength of social institutions provides the key link between poor economic performance and rising crime rates.
Gary LaFree
University of Maryland

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