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In Their Own Words : Criminals on Crime



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Understanding the "criminal mind" (tactics, motives, psychology) is essential to the effective control and prevention of crime. Yet few undergraduates ever encounter a "real" criminal during their studies. How can students be expected to develop proper measures for the prevention of crime without first understanding the person behind the crime? Bridging this gap, In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime, Fifth Edition, provides students with access to the perspective of "the offender." The only book of its kind, this anthology presents ethnographic accounts of gang members, burglars, shoplifters, pimps, prostitutes, killers, robbers, addicts, rapists, drug smugglers, and white-collar offenders--all of whom discuss their motives, perceptions, decision-making strategies, and rationalizations for crime. In order to help students become more careful, critical practitioners of criminology, the researchers of this volume frame each reading with a helpful introduction that places the criminal's words into a relevant theoretical context. An insightful analysis and conclusion follow each article. Ideal for courses in criminology, behavior profiling, criminal behavior, and criminal psychology, In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime, Fifth Edition, provides students with a nuanced perspective on how--and why--offenders make decisions that lead them to commit crimes. FEATURES OF THE FIFTH EDITION Thirteen new chapters (four of which are original contributions)--featuring current material that resonates with students New and expanded coverage of many timely topics including terrorism, identity theft, computer hacking, and drug smuggling A Test Bank containing multiple-choice, essay, and true/false questions for each chapter

Author Biography

Paul Cromwell is Professor of Criminal Justice at Wichita State University.

Table of Contents

About the Contributorsp. xix
Criminal Lifestyles and Decision Making
Introductionp. 01
The Socially Bounded Decision Making of Persistent Property Offendersp. 03
The Reasoning Offender: Motives and Decision-Making Strategiesp. 22
Opportunities and Decisions: International Dynamics in Robbery and Burglary Groupsp. 46
Property Crime
Introductionp. 67
The Key to Auto Theft: Emerging Methods of Auto Theft from the Offenders' Perspectivep. 69
The Five-Finger Discount: An Analysis of Motivations for Shopliftingp. 90
Becoming a Computer Hacker: Examining the Enculturation and Development of Computer Deviantsp. 109
Identity Theft: Assessing Offenders' Motivations and Strategiesp. 124
Violent Crime
Introductionp. 139
The New Face of Terrorism: Socio-Cultural Foundations of Contemporary Terrorismp. 141
Creating the Illusion of Impending Death: Armed Robbers in Actionp. 158
Gendering Violence: Masculinity and Power in Men's Accounts of Domestic Violencep. 168
Retrospective Accounts of Violent Events byp. 187
Occupational Crime
Introductionp. 203
Crime on the Line: Telemarketing and the Changing Nature of Professional Crimep. 205
Denying the Guilty Mind: Accounting for Involvement in a White-Collar Crimep. 224
Neutralization and Deviance in the Workplace: Theft of Supplies and Medicines by Hospital Nursesp. 235
Illegal Occupations
Introductionp. 249
The "Myth of Organization" of International Drug Smugglersp. 251
Fencing: Avenues for Redistribution of Stolen Propertyp. 265
The Second Step in Double Jeopardy: Appropriating the Labor of Female Street Hustlersp. 283
Gangs and Crime
Introductionp. 299
Gang-Related Gun Violence: Socialization, Identity, and Selfp. 301
Gender and Victimization Risk Among Young Women in Gangsp. 324
Homeboys, Dope Fiends, Legits, and New Jacksp. 338
Drugs and Crime
Introductionp. 351
"E" Is for Ecstasy: A Participant Observation Study of Ecstasy Usep. 353
The Drugs-Crime Connection among Stable Addictsp. 363
Property Crime and Women Drug Dealers in Australiap. 375
Researching Crack Dealers: Dilemmas and Contradictionsp. 392
Quitting Crime
Introductionp. 407
Aging Criminals: Changes in the Criminal Calculusp. 409
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