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NCJ Number: 51104 Find in a Library
Title: VICTIM CATEGORIES OF CRIME
Journal: JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY  Volume:69  Issue:3  Dated:(FALL 1978)  Pages:379-394
Author(s): M E WOLFGANG; S I SINGER
Corporate Author: Northwestern University
School of Law
Managing Editor
United States of America

Williams and Wilkins Co
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Northwestern University
Chicago, IL 60611
Williams and Wilkins Co
Baltimore, MD 21202
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: ANALYTICAL PERSPECTIVES ARE SUGGESTED IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE STUDENTS OF SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINES TO PURSUE RESEARCH ON VICTIMS OF CRIME AND THE SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGICAL PROCESS OF VICTIMIZATION.
Abstract: DESPITE SCIENTIFIC AND POLITICAL CONCERN WITH THE CRIMINAL VICTIM, NOT MUCH EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE TO SYSTEMATIZE THE VARIETY OF INTERESTS AND TYPES OF APPROACHES FOUND IN VICTIM STUDIES. MOREOVER, FEW THEORIES HAVE BEEN FORMULATED TO INTERPRET EARLIER FINDINGS OF CRIMINAL VICTIMIZATION STUDIES. IN RESPONSE TO THIS DEFICIENCY, TOPICS ARE OUTLINED TO SUGGEST TO SCHOLARS EXISTING THEORIES IN SOCIOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGY, AND PSYCHOANALYSIS WHICH COULD BE DRAWN UPON FOR INTERPRETATION OF EXISTING DATA. THE FOCUS SHOULD BE ON AGGREGATE DATA AND INFORMATION ON THE PROCESS OF VICTIMIZATION MADE THROUGH INTEGRATED SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH. ANALYTICAL CATEGORIES FOR THEORETICAL AND RESEARCH CONSIDERATION CITED INCLUDE VICTIMIZATION DATA, CORPORATE VICTIMIZATION, VICTIM TARGETS, THE PUBLIC VICTIM, CRIMES WITHOUT VICTIMS, VICTIM-OFFENDER RELATIONSHIPS, VICTIM PRONENESS, VICTIM CONTRIBUTION TO VICTIMIZATION AND VICTIM PROVOCATION, VICTIM RECIDIVISM, VICTIM COMPENSATION, VICTIM DISPOSITION, VICTIMS OF CRIME BY INDIRECTION, VICTIMS WHO ARE ALSO OFFENDERS, AND THE CRIMINAL AS VICTIM. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT RESEARCH AND THEORIZING IN THESE POTENTIAL AREAS OF INQUIRY MAY BE USEFUL FOR UNDERSTANDING THE DYNAMICS INVOLVED IN CRIME AND PERHAPS EVEN IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE. TABULAR AND GRAPHIC DATA ARE PROVIDED. REFERENCES ARE FOOTNOTED. (KBL)
Index Term(s): Psychology; Research; Sociology; Theory; Victimization
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