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NCJ Number: 157562 Find in a Library
Title: Crime and Everyday Life: Insight and Implications for Society
Author(s): M Felson
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 182
Sponsoring Agency: Pine Forge Press
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8039-9029-4
Sale Source: Pine Forge Press
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book presents a routine activity approach to crime analysis and crime prevention.
Abstract: The central thesis of the book is that the U.S. has developed and maintained huge crime rates by encouraging, while sometimes inhibiting, crime in the activities of everyday life. The focus of the book is on crime incidents, rather than on offenders themselves, examining how these incidents originate in communities, the home, schools, and their related enterprises. Everyday activities can also contribute to informal control which, when it works effectively, can reduce the need for police intervention and prisons in reducing crime. To develop ideas for natural crime prevention, emanating from simple and unobtrusive interactions among people, the book draws on perspectives from the fields of situational and environmental psychology, human ecology, biology, and communications and computer technology. The book offers an approach that rejects society's conventional liberal and conservative positions on crime and crime control. Chapter notes and tables, and 250 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime causes theory; Crime prevention planning; Juveniles; Social conditions; Social control theory
Note: The Pine Forge Press Social Science Library
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