Crime and the American Dream

ISBN-10: 0534562779

ISBN-13: 9780534562779

Edition: 3rd 2001 (Revised)

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The foundation of this book is institutional anomie theory, an offshoot of strain theory. It explores why America's over-emphasis on the pursuit of materialistic gain contributes to the country's high rates of violent crime.
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Book details

List price: $55.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 12/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Steven F. Messner is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has taught at Columbia University and Nankai University in the People's Republic of China. His research has focused primarily on the relationship between features of social organization and violent crime rates. His other books include PERSPECTIVES ON CRIME AND DEVIANCE, (with Allen E. Liska), THEORETICAL INTEGRATION IN THE STUDY OF DEVIANCE AND CRIME, (with Marvin D. Krohn and Allen E. Liska), and CRIME AND SOCIAL CONTROL IN A CHANGING CHINA (with Jianhong Liu and Lening Zhang). Dr. Messner has also authored numerous articles and book chapters on the topic of criminal violence and is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

Richard Rosenfeld is a Curators Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a past President of the American Society of Criminology. He has written several articles on violent crime, crime statistics, and crime control policy, and his current research focuses on explaining changes in crime rates over time. He is an ASC Fellow and has served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Law and Justice.

Preface
A Society Organized for Crime
By Any Means Necessary: Serious Crime in America
Ships in the Night: Theoretical Perspectives in Contemporary Criminology
Culture, Institutional Structure, and Crime
Strengthening Social Institutions and Rethinking the American Dream
References
Index
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