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Crime Types and Criminals

Crime Types and Criminals

March 2009 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Crime Types and Criminals is an essential introduction to the study of criminology, focusing on crime types in particular. This book provides broad coverage of all major crime types, as well as coverage of research methods and theory. This book can be used both as a stand-alone and supplementary text in courses such as introduction to criminology, crime and society, deviant behaviour, crime profiling, and many other courses within the criminology and criminal justice discipline. Unlike many of the current criminology books on the market, this is a brief book that really talks about all kinds of crime and criminals in detail in a way to capture and retain student interest.
CHAPTER 1. Introduction
Fads and Fashions in Crime  
The Emergence of Criminology  
Crime and Deviance  
Sumner's Types of Norms  
Mala in Se and Mala Prohibita  
Social Change and the Emergence of Law  
Consensus vs. Conflict Model of Law  
Crime and Criminal Law  
Who Defines Crime? Criminological Definitions of Crime  
The Crime Problem  
The Cost of Crime  
Key Concepts  
Review Questions  
CHAPTER 2. General Characteristics of Crime and Criminals
Caution in Interpreting Crime Data  
International Variations in Crime  
The Prevalence of Crime  
Trends in Crime  
Age and Crime  
Gender Differences in Criminality  
Social Class and Crime  
Race and Crime  
Regional Variation in Crime  
Urban/Rural Differences  
Institutions and Crime  
The Family and Crime  
Education and Crime  
Religion and Crime  
War and Crime  
Economy and Crime  
Mass Media and Crime  
Criminal Typologies  
A Critique of Typologies  
A Defense of Typologies  
Criminal Behavior Systems  
Theoretical Range and Criminological Explanation  
Key Concepts  
Review Questions  
CHAPTER 3. An Overview of Theory in Criminology
Major Theoretical Approaches  
Demonological Theory  
Classical and Neo-Classical Theory  
Ecological Theory  
Forerunners of Modern Criminological Thought  
Economic Theory  
Biological Theory  
Psychological Theory  
Mainstream Sociological Theory  
Critical Sociological Theory  
Integrated Theories of Crime  
Key Concepts  
Review Questions  
CHAPTER 4. Violent Crime
History of Violence in the United States  
Murder and Mayhem  
Types of Murders: Multicide  
Victim Precipitation  
Typology of Violent Offenders  
Legal Aspects  
Homicide and Assault Statistics  
Patterns and Trends in Violent Crime  
Workplace Violence  
School Violence  
Sexual Assault  
Acquaintance Rape  
Amir vs. Brownmiller  
Rape as a Violent Act  
Sexual Harassment  
Conklin's Typology of Robbers  
Domestic Violence  
Child Abuse  
Spouse Abuse  
Elder Abuse  
Criminal Careers of Violent Offenders  
Culture of Violence  
Subculture of Violence  
Career Criminals/Violent Predators  
Societal Reaction  
Key Concepts  
Review Questions  
CHAPTER 5. Property Crime: Occasional, Conventional and Professional
Occasional Property Crimes  
Motor Vehicle Theft  
Check Forgery  
Conventional Property Crimes  
Fencing Operations  
Arson -- A Special-Category Offense  
Criminal Careers of Occasional and Conventional Property Criminals  
Societal Reaction  
Professional Crime  
The Concept of "Professional Crime"  
Characteristics of Professional Crime  
A Model of Professional Crime  
Edelhertz's Typology  
Big Cons  
Maurer's The Big Con  
Identity Theft  
Ponzi Schemes  
Pyramid Schemes  
Religious Cons  
Professional Burglars  
The Box Man  
The Professional Fence  
Paper Hangers  
Professional Robbers  
Professional Arsonists  
Professional Auto Theft Rings  
Professional Killers  
Criminal Careers of Professionals  
Societal Reaction  
Key Concepts  
Review Questions  
CHAPTER 6. White Collar Crime: Occupational and Corporate
White Collar Crime -- The Classic Statement  
Related Concepts  
The Measurement and Cost of Occupational and Corporate Crime  
The History of Corporate, Organizational, and Occupational Crime  
Legal Regulation  
Occupations and the Law  
Organizations and the Law  
Occupational Crime  
Crimes by Employees  
Crimes by Employees Against Individuals (the Public)  
Crimes by Employees Against Employees  
Crimes by Employees Against Organizations  
Crimes by Individuals (or Members of Occupations)  
Corporate Crime  
Crimes by Organizations/Corporations Against Individuals (the Public)  
Crimes by Organizations Against Employees  
Crimes by Organizations (Corporations) Against Organizations  
Criminal Careers of Occupational and Organizational Offenders  
Societal Reaction  
Why the Leniency in Punishment?  
Key Concepts  
Review Questions  
CHAPTER 7. Political Crime and Terrorism
Political Crime: A Definition  
Legal Aspects  
The Nuremburg Principle  
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights  
International Law  
Crimes by Government  
Secret Police  
Human Rights Violations  
Crimes by Police  
Illegal Surveillance, Disruption, and Experiments  
Crimes Against Government  
Protest and Dissent  
Political "Whistleblowing"  
The Oklahoma City Bombing  
Criminal Careers of Political Criminals  
The Doctrine of Raison d'État  
Terrorism and Social Policy  
Societal Reaction  
Key Concepts  
Review Questions  
CHAPTER 8. Organized Crime
Organized Crime: A Problematic Definition  
Sources of Information on Organized Crime  
Types of Organized Crime (Generic Definitions)  
The Organized Crime Continuum  
Street Gangs  
International Organized Crime  
Chinese Triad Societies  
Russian Organized Crime  
The Nature of Organized Crime  
Ethnicity and Organized Crime  
Money Laundering  
Drug Trafficking  
Colombian Cartels  
The Underground Empire  
Theories of the Nature of Syndicate Crime in the United States  
The Cosa Nostra Theory (The Cressey Model)  
The Patron Theory (The Albini Model)  
The Italian-American Syndicate (LAS)  
The Classic Pattern of Organized Crime  
Strategic and Tactical Crimes  
Illegal Businesses and Activities  
Big Business and Government  
A Brief History of Organized Crime in the United States  
Before 1930  
The Luciano Period  
The Genovese Period  
The Appalachian Meetings  
The Gambino Period  
The Commission Trials  
Other Developments  
Criminal Careers of Organized Criminals  
Public and Legal Reaction  
Drug Control Strategies  
Investigative Procedures  
Laws and Organized Crime  
Key Concepts  
Review Questions  
CHAPTER 9. Public Order Crime
Nuts, Guts, Sluts, and "Preverts"  
Broken Windows  
Types of Prostitution  
Massage Parlors  
Underaged Prostitutes  
Homosexual Behavior  
Sexual Offenses  
Nonvictimless Sexual Offenses  
Sexual Predators  
Characteristics of Sex Offenders  
Drug Abuse  
Drugs and History  
Drug Use in the United States: The Drug Dip?  
Drug Abuse and Crime  
The Prohibition Experiment  
Special Populations  
Societal Reaction  
Key Concepts  
Review Questions  
CHAPTER 10. Computer Crime and the Future of Crime
Computer Crime  
Types of Computer Crime  
Argot of Computer Crime  
Online Predators  
The Future of Crime  
Predicting the Future of Crime: Methods  
Other Crime Predictions  
The Future of Digital Crime  
Other Predictions  
British Home Office Predictions  
Key Concepts  
Review Questions  

This text will be useful across 2 of the modules on the new course, one looking at volume crime, and another looking at organised crime and terrorism. There are a few pointless photographs.

Ms Helen Poole
Social Science , Coventry University
July 15, 2010

I decided to go with Helfgott text and Profiling Violent was a better match

Dr Deborah Harding
Behavioral Studies Division, Amarillo College
May 13, 2010

The book has potential for use in future classes.

Dr Gerald Fisher
Government Sociology Dept, Georgia College / State University
April 2, 2010

This is an excellent text!

Dr Julie C. Abril, PhD
Criminal Justice, ENMU
November 12, 2009

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