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NCJ Number: 134872 Find in a Library
Title: Crime and Society
Author(s): F Heidensohn
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 222
Sponsoring Agency: Macmillan Education Ltd
London, RG21 2XS, England
Publication Number: ISBN 0-333-43528-1
Sale Source: Macmillan Education Ltd
London, RG21 2XS,
United Kingdom
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This book looks at major sociological contributions to the study of crime and offers suggestions on how such contributions can be applied in a rapidly changing world.
Abstract: The first chapter addresses questions of defining and measuring criminality. The focus is on the urban nature of crime, crime participation rates of young males from less privileged backgrounds, and growing public concern with law and order problems. Subsequent chapters examine cities and crime, juvenile delinquency and social structure, new approaches to the study of crime that emphasize societal reactions, policing, contemporary issues in criminology, victims, and crime control. The social construction of crime is discussed in terms of defining crime, recording crime, and studying crime from a sociological perspective. The concept of social disorganization is used to explain the incidence of crime in cities. Consideration is also paid to the importance of communication, the youth subculture and its link to juvenile delinquency, the relation between social structure and crime, critical criminology, and deviance theories. In addition, the book explores gender and crime, feminist perspectives, male dominance and violence, victimization and victim support, fear of crime, and the media response. References
Main Term(s): Society-crime relationships
Index Term(s): Criminology; Deviance; Juvenile delinquency; Male offenders; Social organization; Sociological analyses; Victimization
Note: Sociology for a Changing World Series
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