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NCJ Number: 119602 Find in a Library
Title: Crime and Its Victims: Interactory Roles of Victim, Victimizer, and Society (From Crime and Its Victims: International Research and Public Policy Issues, P 17-23, 1989, Emilio C Viano, ed. See NCJ-119600)
Author(s): I Kaufman
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Hemisphere Publishing Corp
Bristol, PA 19007
Sale Source: Hemisphere Publishing Corp
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Suite 101
Bristol, PA 19007
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document focuses on the complex interaction between victim, victimizer, and the social matrix in which victimization occurs.
Abstract: Institutions, religions, moral admonitions, and legal procedures have all arisen in an attempt to further the goals of preventing victimization, protecting the victim, and helping the victimizer. However, victimization is sometimes fostered by these objectives. All behavior, whether it is societal or individual, is based on a conceptualization or frame of reference which appears correct to the person who possesses it. A closer look at this frame of reference and how this culture manages victimology is needed. In the past, the commitment of crime has been considered evidence that the criminal was possessed by a satanic demon, lacked religious faith, had a genetic or chemical imbalance, or had a personality or developmental-emotional deficit. These different theories have resulted in an extraordinary range of rational and irrational approaches. Future studies should focus on issues of power and powerlessness, the origins of power in human development, and the circumstances in which power issues lead to victimization. Bibliography
Main Term(s): Victimization
Index Term(s): Sociological analyses; Victim profiles; Victimology
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