skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 50315 Find in a Library
Title: CRIME IN OUR CHANGING SOCIETY
Author(s): D GLASER
Corporate Author: Holt, Rinehart and Winston
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 569
Sponsoring Agency: Holt, Rinehart and Winston
New York, NY 10017
Sale Source: Holt, Rinehart and Winston
383 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOCIETAL TRENDS AND CHANGES IN THE NATURE OF CRIME AND CRIMINAL LAW IS EXPLORED.
Abstract: THE BOOK OPENS WITH AN OVERVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF CRIME DEFINITION, EVOLUTION, AND MEASUREMENT, AND OF THE QUESTION 'DOES CRIME PAY?' IT IS CONTENDED THAT A DISTINCTION BETWEEN PREDATORY AND NONPREDATORY OFFENSES PERMITS MORE VALID STATEMENTS ON THESE SUBJECTS THAN DOES REFERENCE TO CRIME AS A WHOLE. THE DISCUSSION THEN TURNS TO GENERAL THEORIES OF CRIME CAUSATION (PSYCHOANALYTIC STUDIES OF DELINQUENCY, PERSONALITY RESEARCH AND TYPOLOGIES OF DELINQUENCY, DRIFTS IN THE REINFORCEMENT AND DETERRENCE OF CRIME, LABELING, ETC.) AND BIOLOGICAL FACTORS IN CRIME (INTELLIGENCE, BRAIN DISORDERS, CHROMOSOMAL ABNORMALITIES, PHYSIQUE, PSYCHOPATHY AND AROUSAL, ANCESTRY, HORMONES). SPECIFIC OFFENSE PATTERNS -- ADOLESCENT DELINQUENCY, VIOLENT OFFENSES, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND CRIME, SEX CRIMES, 'AVOCATIONAL' CRIME (THEFT AND FRAUD BY SHOPPERS, EMPLOYEE CRIMES, CRIMES BY OSTENSIBLY LEGITIMATE ORGANIZATIONS), CRIME AS PROFESSION OR BUSINESS -- ARE ANALYZED. THE CLOSING CHAPTER OFFERS CONCLUSIONS REGARDING THE FUTURE OF CRIME. ONE CONCLUSION IS THAT THE CRIMES THAT MOST DISTURB PEOPLE -- MURDERS, MUGGINGS, BREAK-INS, PURSE SNATCHINGS, ETC. -- CAN BE DIMINISHED BY REDUCING AGE SEGREGATION, GUARANTEEING EMPLOYMENT, AUGMENTING MOTIVATION IN EDUCATION, AND ELIMINATING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST MINORITIES. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT THESE GOALS CAN BE ACHIEVED WITHIN THE EXISTING POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SYSTEM AND THAT SOCIETY IS MOVING TOWARD THEM. A 50-PAGE LIST OF REFERENCES AND NAME AND SUBJECT INDEXES ARE INCLUDED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--LKM)
Index Term(s): Biological influences; Crime Statistics; Criminology overview texts; Drug abuse; Offense classification; Professional criminals; Sex offenses; Violent crimes
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=50315

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.