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The Appeal of the Crime Genre  

Gray Cavender and Nancy Jurik

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Jul 2014
This chapter provides an overview of the longevity and popular appeal of the crime genre and its relevance to the field of criminology. In our discussion we include such media as novels, ... More

Back to Basics: Gender and the Social Psychology of Aggression  

Richard B. Felson

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May 2014
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Jul 2014
This essay suggests that activist rhetoric and imprecise language should be discarded when studying gender and violence. Violence against women should be compared to violence against men ... More

Biology and Crime  

Melissa Peskin, Yu Gao, Andrea L. Glenn, Anna Rudo-Hutt, Yaling Yang, and Adrian Raine

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
Numerous studies carried out over the past two decades suggest that several biological risk factors significantly increase the likelihood for people to commit crime and violence across the ... More

Biosocial Criminology and Models of Criminal Decision Making  

Kyle Treiber

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Jul 2017
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Jun 2017
This chapter explores how integrating the science of criminal decision making and contemporary biosocial criminology can benefit our understanding of why people make criminal action ... More

Change in Offending across the Life Course  

Christopher J. Sullivan

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
Over the past twenty years, the developmental, life-course framework has emerged as an important means of understanding crime and delinquency. A number of studies tend to focus more on ... More

Choosing Street Crime  

Richard Wright and Volkan Topalli

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
People who commit burglary, robbery, carjacking, and other serious predatory street crimes are disproportionately young, poor, and male. Notwithstanding the strong link between these ... More

Choosing White-Collar Crime  

Neal Shover, Andy Hochstetler, and Tage Alalehto

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
In Western countries such as the United States, crime is viewed as chosen behavior. This assumption emerged as the dominant theoretical underpinning of crime control policy-making in the ... More

The Code of the Suburb and Drug Dealing  

Scott Jacques and Richard Wright

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
High rates of violence are characteristic of many urban drug markets because the individuals therein abide by a set of informal rules known as the code of the street. This code governs ... More

Coercion and Crime  

Thomas Vander Ven and Mark Colvin

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
This article explores the link between coercion and crime and how this link has evolved. It also presents five propositions relating coercion to crime. First, coercion is a primary ... More

Coercive Mobility  

Natasha A. Frost and Todd R. Clear

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
Using Robert J. Bursik and Harold G. Grasmick's re-specification of social disorganization theory as systemic theory, Dina R. Rose and Todd R. Clear showed how high levels of ... More

Community, Inequality, and Crime  

Graham C. Ousey and Matthew R. Lee

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
One of the most exciting developments in the field of criminology is the emergence of studies that seek to explain variation in crime rates across aggregate social communities. These ... More

Computer Simulations: Agent-Focused Environmental Criminology  

Daniel Birks

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Sep 2018
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Feb 2018
In recent years, the field of social simulation has been dominated by the individual, or agent-based, computational model (ABM). ABMs provide unique means to explore complex social systems ... More

Conservation Criminology, Environmental Crime, and Risk: An Application to Climate Change  

Edmund F. McGarrell and Carole Gibbs

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Nov 2014
Conservation criminology emerges from the environmental movement and the development of green criminology as a subfield within criminology. Conservation criminology builds on this ... More

Contemporary Gang Ethnographies  

Scott H. Decker and David Pyrooz

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
Until the middle of the twentieth century, research on gangs was ethnographic in nature, with a strong journalistic approach. However, there has been a shift in the ethnographic study of ... More

Contested Spaces: On Crime Museums, Monuments, and Memorials  

Per Jørgen Ystehede

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May 2016
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Jul 2016
This article provides an outline of the history of crime museums, monuments, and crime memorials and suggests how these can be understood as historical, social, and cultural phenomena. ... More

Continuity and Change: Russian and Early Soviet Criminology and the Criminal Woman  

Sharon A. Kowalsky

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May 2016
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Jul 2016
The Bolshevik takeover of Russia in 1917 initiated a major transformation of the position of women in Russian society as a result of its stress on universal contribution to economic ... More

Crime and the Natural Environment  

Rob White

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Sep 2015
This chapter explores crimes affecting the natural environment. Drawing on insights from green criminology—the study by criminologists of environmental harms, laws, and regulation—the ... More

Crime Concentrations at Places  

Cody W. Telep and David Weisburd

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Sep 2018
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Feb 2018
Every research enterprise takes place in a context, political, economic, and technological context. So it is with policing research. This chapter begins by sketching out where the practice ... More

The Crime Historian’s Modi Operandi  

Barry Godfrey

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May 2016
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Jul 2016
This chapter explores the ways that historians of crime go about their research. Although many historians are wary, disinterested, or even completely uninterested in describing and ... More

Crime Places and Place Management  

Tamara D. Madensen and John E. Eck

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Nov 2012
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Dec 2012
When asked whether they can predict where crime will occur, most police officers say no. However, most police officers can identify a particular neighborhood where one can possibly be ... More

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