9780534619589

Crime And the American Dream

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    9780534619589

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    0534619584

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/28/2006
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

PREFACE. 1. A Society Organized for Crime. 2. By Any Means Necessary: Serious Crime in America. 3. Ships in the Night: Theoretical Perspectives in Contemporary Criminology. 4. Culture, Institutional Structure, and Social Control: A Sociological Explanation of Crime. 5. Strengthening Social Institutions and Rethinking the American Dream. REFERENCES. INDEX.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiv
A Society Organized for Crime
01(16)
Crime and Responses to Crime in America
03(3)
The Nature and Level of Criminal Violence
03(1)
Fear of Crime
04(1)
Crime Control
05(1)
The Virtues and Vices of the American Dream
06(5)
Evolution of the Concept of the American Dream
06(61)
The Dark Side of the American Dream
67
Monetary Success and Noneconomic Roles
08(1)
Universalism and Economic Inequality
09(2)
The Rise, Fall, and Revival of the Anomie Perspective
11(6)
Core Ideas, Assumptions, and Propositions
11(1)
The ``Golden Age'' of Anomie Theory
12(1)
Decline and Revival
13(1)
Unfinished Business
14(3)
By Any Means Necessary: Serious Crime in America
17(25)
Cross-National Comparisons of Crime
20(8)
Homicide and Robbery Rates in International Context
20(1)
The Form of Criminal Behavior
21(1)
The Social Response to Crime
22(1)
Gun-Related Crime
23(2)
Has It Always Been This Way?
25(1)
Race and Criminal Violence
26(2)
White-Collar Crimes
28(4)
Prevalence and Costs of White-Collar Crime
28(1)
Violent White-Collar Crime
29(1)
Social Response
30(2)
Serious Crime and the Quality of Life
32(10)
Taking Precautions by Any Means Necessary
32(2)
Life in a War Zone
34(1)
The Struggle for Institutional Control
35(7)
Ships in the Night: Theoretical Perspectives in Contemporary Criminology
42(24)
The Scope Conditions of Contemporary Criminological Theories
43(6)
Levels of Explanation
43(4)
Serious Crimes
47(2)
The Unfulfilled Promise of the Sociological Paradigm
49(17)
Cultural-Social Learning Explanations of Crime
51(2)
Disorganization-Control Explanations of Crime
53(2)
The Common Origins of Cultural Deviance Theory and Social Disorganization Theory
55(2)
Anomie-Strain Explanations of Crime
57(2)
Criticisms of Anomie Theory
59(7)
Culture, Institutional Structure, and Crime
66(35)
The Value Foundations of the American Dream
68(3)
Achievement
69(1)
Individualism
69(1)
Universalism
69(1)
The ``Fetishism'' of Money
70(1)
The Institutional Structure of American Society
71(13)
The Nature and Functioning of Social Institutions
71(3)
The American Dream and the Institutional Balance of Power
74(2)
Devaluation
76(3)
Accommodation
79(3)
Penetration
82(2)
Social Organization and Crime
84(17)
Anomie and Weak Social Institutions
84(3)
The Social Distribution of Crime: Gender and Race
87(3)
Kids, Drugs, Guns, and Violence
90(3)
The Social Response to Crime
93(8)
Strengthening Social Institutions and Rethinking the American Dream
101(26)
Conventional Strategies for Crime Control
103(9)
The Conservative Camp: The War on Crime
104(1)
Mandatory-Minimum Sentencing and the Drug War
104(1)
The Expansion of Punitive Social Control
105(1)
Unintended Consequences of Expanded Punitive Control
106(1)
The Liberal Camp: The War on Poverty and on Inequality of Opportunity
107(1)
Effects of Liberal Policies on Crime Rates
108(1)
Unintended Consequences of Liberal Reform
109(1)
Beyond Liberalism and Conservatism
110(2)
Crime Reduction Through Social Reorganization
112(9)
Institutional Reform
112(1)
The Family and Schools
112(3)
The Polity
115(4)
Social Stratification and the Economy
119(2)
The Task of Cultural Regeneration
121(1)
An Intellectual Foundation for Change
122(1)
Toward a Mature Society
123(4)
References 127(17)
Index 144

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