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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
Paul Cromwell is Professor of Criminal Justice at Wichita State University.
Table of Contents
|About the Contributors||p. xix|
|Criminal Lifestyles and Decision Making|
|The Socially Bounded Decision Making of Persistent Property Offenders||p. 03|
|The Reasoning Offender: Motives and Decision-Making Strategies||p. 22|
|Opportunities and Decisions: International Dynamics in Robbery and Burglary Groups||p. 46|
|The Key to Auto Theft: Emerging Methods of Auto Theft from the Offenders' Perspective||p. 69|
|The Five-Finger Discount: An Analysis of Motivations for Shoplifting||p. 90|
|Becoming a Computer Hacker: Examining the Enculturation and Development of Computer Deviants||p. 109|
|Identity Theft: Assessing Offenders' Motivations and Strategies||p. 124|
|The New Face of Terrorism: Socio-Cultural Foundations of Contemporary Terrorism||p. 141|
|Creating the Illusion of Impending Death: Armed Robbers in Action||p. 158|
|Gendering Violence: Masculinity and Power in Men's Accounts of Domestic Violence||p. 168|
|Retrospective Accounts of Violent Events by||p. 187|
|Crime on the Line: Telemarketing and the Changing Nature of Professional Crime||p. 205|
|Denying the Guilty Mind: Accounting for Involvement in a White-Collar Crime||p. 224|
|Neutralization and Deviance in the Workplace: Theft of Supplies and Medicines by Hospital Nurses||p. 235|
|The "Myth of Organization" of International Drug Smugglers||p. 251|
|Fencing: Avenues for Redistribution of Stolen Property||p. 265|
|The Second Step in Double Jeopardy: Appropriating the Labor of Female Street Hustlers||p. 283|
|Gangs and Crime|
|Gang-Related Gun Violence: Socialization, Identity, and Self||p. 301|
|Gender and Victimization Risk Among Young Women in Gangs||p. 324|
|Homeboys, Dope Fiends, Legits, and New Jacks||p. 338|
|Drugs and Crime|
|"E" Is for Ecstasy: A Participant Observation Study of Ecstasy Use||p. 353|
|The Drugs-Crime Connection among Stable Addicts||p. 363|
|Property Crime and Women Drug Dealers in Australia||p. 375|
|Researching Crack Dealers: Dilemmas and Contradictions||p. 392|
|Aging Criminals: Changes in the Criminal Calculus||p. 409|
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