About Criminals : A View of the Offenders' World

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-12-09
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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This text presents students with recent and important research on criminal behavior. The field studies conducted by the contributing authors for all the articles in this anthology will provide the reader with a realistic portrayal of just what actual offenders say about crime and their participation in it. Having offenders'¨" voices heard along with the researchers'¨" analyses offers students a real-life view of what, how, and why various criminals behave the way they do. The readings explore a wide array of specific types of criminal behavior, covering the majority of types found in almost every standard criminology text. Each article has been selected for its ability to artfully portray the perspective of those offenders being studied and its readability for students.

Table of Contents

Property Crimes
Understanding Adolescent Property Crime Using a Delinquent Events Perspective
Street Life and the Rewards of Auto Theft, by Heith Copes
Gender, Social Networks, and Residential Burglary
Violent Crimes
Retrospective Accounts of Violent Events by Gun Offenders
Dubs and Dees, Beats and Rims: Carjackers and Urban Violence
Gangstas, Thugs and Hustlas: Identity and the Code of the Street in Rap Music
Sex Crimes
Street Smarts and Urban Myths: Women, Sex Work, and the Role of Storytelling in Risk Reduction and Rationalization
Accounts of Professional Misdeeds: The Sexual Exploitation of Clients by Psychotherapists
Constructing Coercion: The Organization of Sexual Assault
Gangs and Crime
From Punk Kids to Public Enemy Number One
Gang-Related Gun Violence: Socialization, Identity, and Self
Young Mother (in the) Hood: Gang Girls‚«÷ Negotiation of New Identities
White Collar‚«ŰOccupational Crime
Dialing for Dollars: Opportunities, Justifications, and Telemarketing Fraud
Understanding Identity Theft: Offenders‚«÷ Accounts of their Lives and Crimes
Transferring Subcultural Knowledge On-Line: Practices and Beliefs of Persistent Digital Pirates
Drugs and Crime
Cooks are like Gods: Hierarchies in Methamphetamine-Producing Groups
We Weren‚«÷t Like no Regular Dope Fiends: Negotiating Hustler and Crackhead Identities
Writing Against the Image of the Monstrous Crack Mother
Gender and Crime
Moving Beyond Stereotypes: Women‚«÷s Subjective Accounts of their Violent Crime
The Work of Sex Work: Elite Prostitutes‚«÷ Vocational Orientations and Experiences
Mothering, Crime and Incarceration
Support Systems and Crime
The Familial Relationships of Former Prisoners: Examining the Link Between Residence and Informal Support Mechanisms
On the Ropes: Londa and Derek
Leaving the Streets: Transformation of Prostitute Identity within the Prostitution Rehabilitation Program
Me and the Law is not Friends‚«†: How Former Prisoners Make Sense of Reentry
The Love of a Good Man? Romantic Relationships as a Source of Support or Hindrance of Female Ex-Offenders
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