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When Crime Waves / Edition 1
     

When Crime Waves / Edition 1

by Vincent F. Sacco
 

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ISBN-10: 0761927832

ISBN-13: 2900761927838

Pub. Date: 05/28/2005

Publisher: SAGE Publications

In this undergraduate text, Sacco (sociology, Queen's U., Kingston Ontario) addresses the social issues relevant to the study of crime waves, including the reasons for changes in crime rates, the reasons some crimes and not others come in waves, and the role of the media, politicians and interest groups in crime waves. The text provides multiple perspectives through

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In this undergraduate text, Sacco (sociology, Queen's U., Kingston Ontario) addresses the social issues relevant to the study of crime waves, including the reasons for changes in crime rates, the reasons some crimes and not others come in waves, and the role of the media, politicians and interest groups in crime waves. The text provides multiple perspectives through historical and contemporary examples and examines the roles of mythmaking, cultural imagery and social construction in public perception. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900761927838
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Chapter 1: What are Crime Waves?
Defining Crime Waves
Social Constructionism
The Criminal Content of Crime Waves
The Nature of Waves
Some Uses of Crime Waves
Conclusion
Chapter 2: Why do Crime Rates go Up and Down? Dislocation, Diffusion and Innovation
The Demography of Offending
Social Dislocations
Diffusion
Innovation
Conclusion
Chapter 3: Crime Waves by the Numbers
Numerate and Innumerate Consumers
The Statistics of Crime Waves
Statistics in the Raw
Emergent Problems
Statistical Record Keeping as a Social Process
Statistics in the Media
Conclusion
Chapter 4: Mass Media and Crime Waves
Importance of Crime to Mass Media
How Do the News Media Cover Crime?
Why Do Media Cover Crime as They Do?
How Do Media Generate Crime Waves?
Conclusion
Chapter 5: That's the Rumor
Talking About Crime
Rumors and Legends
The Rumor Process
The Social Implications of Talk
Conclusion
Chapter 6: Being Afraid
The Meaning of Fear
What Are We Afraid Of?
Who Is Afraid?
Do Rising Crime Levels Cause Fear?
Does Fear Cause Rising Crime Levels?
The (Ir)rationality of Fear
When Fear Goes Wild
Conclusion
Chapter 7: Crime Waves and Public Policy
The Political Context
We're Going to War
Policy and Problem Image
Searching for the Panacea
When Social Control Becomes the Problem
Conclusion
Chapter 8: Crime Waves: A Skeptic's Guide
Are Crime Rates Really Going Up?
What Causes the Sudden Shifts in Crime Levels?
Can We Really Trust Crime Statistics?
Are My Own Experiences (And Those of My Friends) A Useful Guide as to Whether Crime Levels Are Increasing?
What Are We to Make of the Media Obsession With Crime?
These Stories I Have Been Hearing From so Many People Have to be True, Don't They?
The Fear of Crime is Irrational, Right?
It's Fear that Drives the Justice System Response, Isn't It?
A Rising Crime Level is A Simple Problem with A Simple Solution, Right?
When Interventions are Followed By Falling Crime Levels, Can We Assume Cause and Effect?
References
Index
About the Author

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