Crime Is Not the Problem Lethal Violence in America

ISBN-10: 0195131053
ISBN-13: 9780195131055
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/27/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.09" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

In Crime is Not the Problem, Franklin Zimring and Gordon Hawkins revolutionize the way we think about crime and violence--by forcing us to distinguish between crime and violence. The authors reveal that compared to other industrialized nations, in most categories of nonviolent crime, American crime rates are comparable--even lower, in some cases. Only when it comes to lethal violence does the United States outpace other Western nations, with homicide rates many, many times greater. London and New York City have nearly the same number of robberies and burglaries each year, but robbers and burglars kill 54 victims in New York for every victim death in London. Why are the risks so much greater that victims will be killed or maimed in the United States? And what can be done to bring the death rate from American violence down to tolerable levels? The authors show how the impact of television and movie violence on rates of homicide is wildly overrated, but emphasize the paramount importance of guns. By making the crucial distinction between lethal violence and crime in general, the authors clear the ground for a targeted, far more effective response to the real crisis in American society. Crime is Not the Problem will reshape the debate about crime control in the United States.

Studies in Crime and Public Policy
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The American Difference
What Americans Fear
Violence and the Growth of Crime
Transnational Patterns
American Lethal Violence a Profile
New Perspectives on African-American Violence
Correlates and Causes
on Causes and Prevention
Firearms and Lethal Violence
on Mass Media Effects
Only in America? Illicit Drugs and the Death Rate from Violence
Prevention
Lethal Violence and the Criminal Law
Conclusion
Strategies of Prevention
Explaining Distributions of Violence Versus Levels of Violence
Assault in New York City and London
Patterns of Three Violent Crimes in the United States
Race and Lethal Violence: a Five-City Comparison
Studies of Mass Communications and Homicide
Drugs and Homicide in the District of Columbia: a Research Note
References
Index

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