The Study Of Violent Crime: Its Correlates And Concerns
The Study of Violent Crime: Its Correlates and Concerns
Violence is a complex subject that is rooted in a multitude of disciplines, including not only criminology but also psychology, sociology, biology, and other social science disciplines. It is only through understanding violence as a concept that we can hope to respond to it appropriately and to prevent it. The Study of Violent Crime: Its Correlates and Concerns is a comprehensive text that provides a current analysis of violence and violent crime in the United States.
Topics discussed include:
- The history of violence in Europe and America
- Whether violent behavior can be predicted
- Possible correlates of violence, including values, poverty, low education, abuse and neglect, alcohol abuse, and shame
- Sociological theories surrounding crime causation, including social control, conflict and strain, and anomie
- Psychological approaches to understanding violence from Freud, Bentham, Skinner, and others
- Biological theories and the influence of positivism and determinism
- The role of early exposure to violence on future behavior and programs to counteract these effects
- Gang activity and hate crimes
- The history of punishment and its effectiveness
- Victimology and victimization
Organized in logical fashion, each chapter builds on previous ones and...