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This text examines the social forces that influence Black responses to differential conditions in American society. It raises the issue of differential social status and its effect on whites who are similarly situated at the low end of the class spectrum. Chambers identifies the elements that contribute to the fluctuations in maintaining the status quo and analyzes the attempts made to control dissidence. The standard functional approach is taken so students can interpret the data within a traditional theoretical framework. Chambers' book is an excellent introductory work in criminology on America's most challenging issue, racism.

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A series of 14 chapters on closely related themes regarding class, Blacks, and crime in which Chambers (criminology, Indiana State U.) assumes that the exploitation by a dominant class through the manipulation of philosophical values is responsible for differential behavior and the resulting attempts at social control. Among his topics are family structure and conflict, employee theft, economic decline and males, the adolescent decision to enter the drug trade, and sanctions and compliance norms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275949372
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES A. CHAMBERS is Assistant Professor of Criminology at Indiana State University.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
1 Theorizing 1
2 Class, Family Structure, and Conflict 19
3 Class and Race 33
4 Contemporary U.S. Society 63
5 Race and Attack on EEOC 83
6 Pathologies 109
7 Delinquent and Criminal Behavior 129
8 Weakness of Explanations 161
9 Race, Delinquency, and Crime 199
10 Hate, Crimes, Social Structure Elements 219
11 Employee Theft 243
12 Economic Decline and Males 259
13 Adolescence Decision Process to Enter the Drug Trade 291
14 Sanctions and Compliance Norms 305
Index 331
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