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Crime and Nature

Crime and Nature

April 2006 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Crime has its own ecosystem. Marcus Felson's innovative new text shows how modern society can reduce this ecosystem and limit its biodiversity.

Providing students with a system for thinking about crime, Crime and Nature shows clearly how crime draws from the larger ecosystem - how offenders forage for targets and how they depend on one another. Marcus Felson considers how crime feeds off legal activities and shows how crime ecology can help shut off crime opportunities and reduce crime in local areas.

With a wealth of examples illustrating the concepts discussed, and the author's clear, enjoyable writing style and willingness to take sometimes controversial stances, this textbook keeps students engaged in this original work.

It is accessible for readers at any leve andl delves well beyond introductory materials. It is a timely addition to the 'crime science' literature and is an innovative resource for students and criminologists alike. Pedagogical features, including summaries, cogent exercises and well-chosen charts and tables, make this an excellent text for courses such as Introduction to Criminology, Sociology of Law, Crime and Biology, Social Problems, Crime Theory and Crime Control and Prevention.

List of Exhibits
How to Use This Book
Crime and Life
Crime Defined
Crime's Stages
Crime Within a System
Crime’s Ecosystem
Crime and Supervision
Crime Settings
Crime Habitats
Crime Niches
Crime Competition
Crime Adaptation
Crime's Relationships
Crime Symbiosis
Crime Mutualism
Crime Parasitism
Passive Assistance
Attack and Defense
Foraging Fundamentals
Foraging and Familiarity
Strategic Foraging
Crime’s First Defenses
The Last Line of Defense
The Street Gang Strategy
Classifying Crime
The Struggle for Existence
Crime Ecology Glossary
Appendix A: Main Points From Crime and Everyday Life
Appendix B: Exhibits
About the Author

Very interesting lecture material for my student. I will consider it to incorporate this book in my course.

Ms Soenita Ganpat
Department of Criminology, Leiden University
December 4, 2013

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