In Their Own Words Criminals on Crime

ISBN-10: 0195383192
ISBN-13: 9780195383195
Edition: 5th 2010
Authors: Paul Cromwell
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List price: $54.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/25/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Understanding the "criminal mind" (tactics, motives, psychology) is essential to the effective control and prevention of crime. Yet few undergraduates ever encounter a "real" criminal during their studies. How can students be expected to develop proper measures for the prevention of crime without first understanding the person behind the crime? Bridging this gap, In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime, Fifth Edition, provides students with access to the perspective of "the offender." The only book of its kind, this anthology presents ethnographic accounts of gang members, burglars, shoplifters, pimps, prostitutes, killers, robbers, addicts, rapists, drug smugglers, and white-collar offenders--all of whom discuss their motives, perceptions, decision-making strategies, and rationalizations for crime. In order to help students become more careful, critical practitioners of criminology, the researchers of this volume frame each reading with a helpful introduction that places the criminal's words into a relevant theoretical context. An insightful analysis and conclusion follow each article. Ideal for courses in criminology, behavior profiling, criminal behavior, and criminal psychology, In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime, Fifth Edition, provides students with a nuanced perspective on how--and why--offenders make decisions that lead them to commit crimes. FEATURES OF THE FIFTH EDITION Thirteen new chapters (four of which are original contributions)--featuring current material that resonates with students New and expanded coverage of many timely topics including terrorism, identity theft, computer hacking, and drug smuggling A Test Bank containing multiple-choice, essay, and true/false questions for each chapter

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Criminal Lifestyles and Decision Making
Introduction
The Socially Bounded Decision Making of Persistent Property Offenders
The Reasoning Offender: Motives and Decision-Making Strategies
Opportunities and Decisions: International Dynamics in Robbery and Burglary Groups
Property Crime
Introduction
The Key to Auto Theft: Emerging Methods of Auto Theft from the Offenders' Perspective
The Five-Finger Discount: An Analysis of Motivations for Shoplifting
Becoming a Computer Hacker: Examining the Enculturation and Development of Computer Deviants
Identity Theft: Assessing Offenders' Motivations and Strategies
Violent Crime
Introduction
The New Face of Terrorism: Socio-Cultural Foundations of Contemporary Terrorism
Creating the Illusion of Impending Death: Armed Robbers in Action
Gendering Violence: Masculinity and Power in Men's Accounts of Domestic Violence
Retrospective Accounts of Violent Events by
Occupational Crime
Introduction
Crime on the Line: Telemarketing and the Changing Nature of Professional Crime
Denying the Guilty Mind: Accounting for Involvement in a White-Collar Crime
Neutralization and Deviance in the Workplace: Theft of Supplies and Medicines by Hospital Nurses
Illegal Occupations
Introduction
The "Myth of Organization" of International Drug Smugglers
Fencing: Avenues for Redistribution of Stolen Property
The Second Step in Double Jeopardy: Appropriating the Labor of Female Street Hustlers
Gangs and Crime
Introduction
Gang-Related Gun Violence: Socialization, Identity, and Self
Gender and Victimization Risk Among Young Women in Gangs
Homeboys, Dope Fiends, Legits, and New Jacks
Drugs and Crime
Introduction
"E" Is for Ecstasy: A Participant Observation Study of Ecstasy Use
The Drugs-Crime Connection among Stable Addicts
Property Crime and Women Drug Dealers in Australia
Researching Crack Dealers: Dilemmas and Contradictions
Quitting Crime
Introduction
Aging Criminals: Changes in the Criminal Calculus

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