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The only anthology of its kind, In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime, Sixth Edition, provides students with a nuanced perspective on how - and why - offenders make decisions that lead them to commit crimes. Featuring firsthand accounts from gang members, burglars, shoplifters, pimps, prostitutes, killers, robbers, addicts, rapists, drug smugglers, and white-collar offenders, the anthology helps students understand the offenders' motives, perceptions, decision-making strategies, and rationalizations forcrime. Brief introductions precede each reading, placing the offenders' words into a theoretical context.
Paul Cromwell is Professor of Public Administration at the University of South Florida.
Michael L. Birzer is Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the School of Community Affairs at Wichita State University.
Table of Contents
Each Section opens with an Introduction. Preface Acknowledgments About the Contributors Section I. Doing Fieldwork with Offenders 1. Researching Crack Dealers: Dilemmas and Contradictions, Bruce A. Jacobs 2. Consenting to Talk: Why Inmates Participate in Prison Research, Heith Copes and Andy Hochstetler Section II. Criminal Lifestyles and Decision Making 3. The Socially Bounded Decision Making of Persistent Property Offenders, Neal Shover and David Honaker 4. Deciding to Commit a Burglary, Richard T. Wright and Scott H. Decker 5. Opportunities and Decisions: Interactional Dynamics in Robbery and Burglary Groups, Andy Hochstetler Section III. Property Crime 6. Establishing Connections: Gender, Motor Vehicle Theft, and Disposal Networks, Christopher W. Mullins and Michael C. Cherbonneau 7. "The Devil Made Me Do It": Use of Neutralizations by Shoplifters, Paul Cromwell and Quint Thurman 8. Identity Theft: Assessing Offenders' Motivations and Strategies, Heith Copes and Lynne Vieraitis Section IV. Violent Crime 9. Gendering Violence: Masculinity and Power in Men's Accounts of Domestic Violence, Kristin L. Anderson and Debra Umberson 10. Serendipity in Robbery Target Selection, Bruce A. Jacobs 11. Accounting for Lethal and Sublethal Violence, Fiona S. Brookman Section V. Occupational White-Collar Crime 12. Crime on the Line: Telemarketing and the Changing Nature of Professional Crime, Neal Shover, Glenn S. Coffey, and Dick Hobbs 13. Drugged Druggists: The Convergence of Two Criminal Career Trajectories, Dean A. Dabney and Richard C. Hollinger 14. Denying the Guilty Mind: Accounting for Involvement in a White-Collar Crime, Michael L. Benson Section VI. Illegal Occupations 15. The "Myth of Organization" of International Drug Smugglers, Scott H. Decker and Jana S. Benson 16. The Second Step in Double Jeopardy: Appropriating the Labor of Female Street Hustlers, Kim Romenesko and Eleanor M. Miller 17. Dealing Careers, Patricia A. Adler Section VII. Gangs and Crime 18. Gang-Related Gun Violence: Socialization, Identity, and Self, Paul B. Stretesky and Mark R. Pogrebin 19. Gender and Victimization Risk among Young Women in Gangs, Jody Miller 20. Voices from the Barrio: Gangs, Families, and Communities, Marjorie S. Zatz and Edwardo L. Portillos Section VIII. Drugs and Crime 21. The Drugs-Crime Connection among Stable Addicts, Charles E. Faupel 22. "E" Is for Ecstasy: A Participant Observation Study of Ecstasy Use, Wilson R. Palacios and Melissa E. Fenwick 23. "Cooks are Like Gods": Hierarchies in Methamphetamine-Producing Groups, Robert Jenkot 24. Trafficking in Bodily Perfection: Examining the Late-Modern Steroid Marketplace and Its Criminalization, Peter B. Kraska, Charles R. Bussard, and John J. Brent Section IX. Quitting Crime 25. Aging Criminals: Changes in the Criminal Calculus, Neal Shover 26. Getting Out of the Life: Desistance by Female Street Offenders, Ira Sommers, Deborah R. Baskin, and Jeffery Fagan