When Crime Waves

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SAGE, 11 mei 2005 - 210 pagina's
Despite its wide usage, the concept of the "crime wave" has rarely been given explicit and detailed attention by criminologists. It is important that we understand where they come from, how they develop and what their consequences are. When Crime Waves offers an in-depth exploration of a large number of social issues involved in the study of crime waves. Issues such as how and why crime rates change over time, why some types of crime and not others come in waves, and the role played by the mass media, politicians, and interest group leaders in the promotion of crime waves are discussed to help students develop analytical skills and apply them to real-world situations. Key Features: Critically examines the phenomenon of crime waves in an engaging fashion Provides multiple perspectives via historical and contemporary examples throughout the book Delves into the role played by politicians and the media in creating the perception that a crime wave has occured Presents themes of myth-making, cultural imagery, and social constructionismWhen Crime Waves is intended to be a supplementary text for undergraduate criminology and sociology courses including Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice, Crime & Media, Crime & Society, Crime & Punishment, Sociology of Crime, Sociology of Deviance, Social Problems, and Criminal Behavior. Vincent Sacco is a professor in the department of sociology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. His research interests are in criminology and urban sociology, which relate to the study of criminology, as well as the study of public perceptions of and reactions to crime. In approaching criminology, his work emphasizes the study of "criminal events" and investigates why some people are more likely to be victimized by crime; when and where crimes occur; and what contributes to the views on crime held by the police, lawmakers, and members of the general public.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

What Are Crime Waves?
1
Why Do Crime Rates Go Up and Down?
27
Crime Waves by the Numbers
57
Statistics in the Media
72
Mass Media and Crime Waves
79
Thats the Rumor
101
Being Afraid
123
Crime Waves and Public Policy
147
A Skeptics Guide
171
References
181
Index
200
About the Author 210
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Over de auteur (2005)

Vince Sacco is a professor in the department of sociology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. His research interests are in criminology and urban sociology. His interests relate to the study of criminology, as well as the study of public perceptions of and reactions to crime. In approaching criminology, his work emphasizes the study of "criminal events" and investigates why some people rather than others are more likely to be victimized by crime; when and where crimes occur; and why the police, lawmakers and members of the general public think about crime as they do. He has published several books including The Criminal Event 2/e Wadsworth, 2002, Advances in Criminological Theory (The Process & Structure of Crime: Criminal Events & Crime Analysis) Transaction Press, 2001, (with R.F. Meier and L.W. Kennedy), Crime Victims in Context, Roxbury Publishing, 1998, (with L.W. Kennedy).

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