Crime and the American Dream

ISBN-10: 1111346968
ISBN-13: 9781111346966
Edition: 5th 2013
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List price: $157.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 6/14/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

How has America's over-emphasis on the pursuit of materialistic gain contributed to the it's high rate of violent crime? CRIME AND THE AMERICAN DREAM, 5th Edition is an easy-to-understand book that attempts to answer that question using seminal criminological theory.

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 to the Fifth Edition
Acknowledgments
A Society Organized for Crime
Crime and Responses to Crime in America
The Nature and Level of Criminal Violence
Fear of Crime
Crime Control
The Virtues and Vices of the American Dream
Evolution of the Concept of the American Dream
The Dark Side of the American Dream
The Rise, Fall, and Revival of the Anomie Perspective
Core Ideas, Assumptions, and Propositions
The "Golden Age" of Anomie Theory
Decline and Revival
Unfinished Business
Notes
By Any Means Necessary: Serious Crime in America
Cross-National Comparisons of Crime
Homicide and Robbery Rates in International Context
The Form of Criminal Behavior
The Social Response to Crime
Gun-Related Crime
Has It Always Been This Way?
Race and Criminal Violence
White-Collar Crimes
Prevalence and Costs of White-Collar Crime
Violent White-Collar Crime
Social Response
Serious Crime and the Quality of Life
Taking Precautions by Any Means Necessary
Life in a War Zone
The Struggle for Institutional Control
Notes
Ships in the Night: Theoretical Perspectives in Contemporary Criminology
The Scope Conditions of Contemporary Criminological Theories
Levels of Explanation
Serious Crimes
The Unfulfilled Promise of the Sociological Paradigm
Cultural-Social Learning Explanations of Crime
Disorganization-Control Explanations of Crime
The Common Origins of Cultural Deviance Theory and Social Disorganization Theory
Anomie-Strain Explanations of Crime
Criticisms of Anomie Theory
Notes
Culture, Institutional Structure, and Crime
The Value Foundations of the American Dream
Achievement
Individualism
Universalism
The "Fetishism" of Money
The Institutional Structure of American Society
The Nature and Functioning of Social Institutions
The American Dream and the Institutional Balance of Power
Social Organization and Crime
Anomie and Weak Social Institutions
The Social Distribution of Crime: Gender and Race
Kids, Drugs, Guns, and Violence
The Social Response to Crime
Notes
Strengthening Social Institutions and Rethinking the American Dream
Conventional Strategies for Crime Control
The Conservative Camp: The War on Crime
The Progressive Camp: The War on Poverty and on Inequality of Opportunity
Beyond Progressivism and Conservatism
Crime Reduction Through Social Reorganization
Institutional Reform
Social Stratification and the Economy
The Task of Cultural Regeneration
An Intellectual Foundation for Change
Toward a Mature Society
Notes
References
Index

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