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Homicide A Sociological Explanation

ISBN-10: 0847694739
ISBN-13: 9780847694730
Edition: 2003
Authors: Leonard Beeghley
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Description: Echoing Durkheim's Suicide, this book focuses on one important phenomenon to explain larger currents in American society. Leonard Beeghley examines the historical and cross-national dimensions of homicides and evaluates previous attempts to explain  More...

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Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/7/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

Echoing Durkheim's Suicide, this book focuses on one important phenomenon to explain larger currents in American society. Leonard Beeghley examines the historical and cross-national dimensions of homicides and evaluates previous attempts to explain it. He finds the sources of America's murder rate in the greater availability of guns, the expansion of illegal drug markets, greater racial discrimination, more exposure to violence, and sharper economic inequalities. He deftly blends the evidence related to each of these factors into a well-reasoned sociological analysis of the nature of American society.

Leonard Beeghley (PhD, University of California at Riverside) is professor of sociology, emeritus, at the University of Florida. He is the author of a number of books, primarily in the area of stratification and social policy issues. He has written many articles in research journals and has served in editorial positions for several publishers. He has served on committees within the American Sociological Association.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Homicide as a Routine Event
We Have a Problem
Some Consequences of Homicide
Sociology and Homicide
Modernity and Homicide
Notes
How to Understand Homicide
Cross-National and Historical Dimensions of Homicide
Levels of Analysis and Homicide
Social Psychological Explanations of Homicide
Structural Explanations of Homicide
Explaining the Homicide Rate
The Dilemma of Change
Notes
Homicide in Cross-National and Historical Perspective
A Short History of Homicide in Europe
Cross-National Homicide Rates Today
Homicide in the United states from Colonial Times to 1900
Homicide in the United States from 1900 to the Present
Two Variants of Homicide in the United States
Homicide and Region
Homicide and Race
Modernity, Social Class, and Homicide
Notes
The American Dream and Homicide: A Critique
The Thesis and Its Empirical Basis
An Institutional-Anomie Explanation of Serious Crime
Some Critical Comments
Anomie, Modernity, and Homicide
Building on the Messner/Rosenfeld Strategy
Notes
Social Structure and Homicide
The Greater Availability of Guns
Guns versus Other Weapons
A Brief History of Guns and Homicide in America
How Many Guns in America?
The Coincidence Hypothesis
Gun Availability and the Rate of Homicide
Conclusion
The Expansion of Illegal Drug Markets
Greater Racial and Ethnic Discrimination
Greater Exposure to Violence
The Mass Media
The Family
The Neighborhood
The Government
Greater Economic Inequality
Understanding Homicide
Notes
Is Change Possible?
Sociology and Social Change
Two Illustrations
Gun Availability
Illegal Drug Markets
Concluding Comments
Notes
References
Index
About the Author

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