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Crime Types and Criminals
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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
Criminology

 
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

 
Summary

 
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

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
 
CHAPTER 3. An Overview of Theory in Criminology
Theory

 
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

 
Summary

 
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

 
Guns

 
Sexual Assault

 
Acquaintance Rape

 
Amir vs. Brownmiller

 
Rape as a Violent Act

 
Sexual Harassment

 
Robbery

 
Conklin's Typology of Robbers

 
Domestic Violence

 
Child Abuse

 
Spouse Abuse

 
Elder Abuse

 
Kidnapping

 
Criminal Careers of Violent Offenders

 
Culture of Violence

 
Subculture of Violence

 
Career Criminals/Violent Predators

 
Societal Reaction

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
 
CHAPTER 5. Property Crime: Occasional, Conventional and Professional
Introduction

 
Occasional Property Crimes

 
Shoplifting

 
Vandalism

 
Motor Vehicle Theft

 
Check Forgery

 
Conventional Property Crimes

 
Burglary

 
Fencing Operations

 
Stings

 
Larceny/Theft

 
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

 
Argot

 
A Model of Professional Crime

 
Edelhertz's Typology

 
Scams

 
Big Cons

 
Maurer's The Big Con

 
Identity Theft

 
Ponzi Schemes

 
Pyramid Schemes

 
Religious Cons

 
Boosters

 
Cannons

 
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

 
Summary

 
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?

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
 
CHAPTER 7. Political Crime and Terrorism
Ideology

 
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

 
Genocide

 
Crimes by Police

 
Illegal Surveillance, Disruption, and Experiments

 
Scandal

 
Crimes Against Government

 
Protest and Dissent

 
Assassination

 
Espionage

 
Political "Whistleblowing"

 
Terrorism

 
The Oklahoma City Bombing

 
Criminal Careers of Political Criminals

 
The Doctrine of Raison d'État

 
Terrorism and Social Policy

 
Societal Reaction

 
Summary

 
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

 
Yakuza

 
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

 
Summary

 
Key Concepts

 
Review Questions

 
 
CHAPTER 9. Public Order Crime
Introduction

 
Nuts, Guts, Sluts, and "Preverts"

 
Broken Windows

 
Prostitution

 
Types of Prostitution

 
Massage Parlors

 
Johns

 
Underaged Prostitutes

 
Homosexual Behavior

 
Sexual Offenses

 
Paraphilia

 
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

 
Drunkenness

 
The Prohibition Experiment

 
Special Populations

 
Societal Reaction

 
Overcriminalization

 
Decriminalization

 
Summary

 
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

 
Cyberterrorism

 
The Future of Crime

 
Predicting the Future of Crime: Methods

 
Other Crime Predictions

 
Crimewarps

 
The Future of Digital Crime

 
Other Predictions

 
British Home Office Predictions

 
Summary

 
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 Crimes..it 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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 6 - White Collar Crime


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