Crime and Social Organization

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This tenth volume in the Advances in Criminological Theory series is dedicated to the work of Albert J. Reiss, Jr. It focuses on the relationship between crime and social organization that is so central to his work. This focus rejects a view of crime solely as the action of atomistic individuals and sees the criminal justice system as inseparable from its social, political and organizational context. This perspective has had a resurgence in recent years, and this volume brings together some of the most important ...

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Overview

This tenth volume in the Advances in Criminological Theory series is dedicated to the work of Albert J. Reiss, Jr. It focuses on the relationship between crime and social organization that is so central to his work. This focus rejects a view of crime solely as the action of atomistic individuals and sees the criminal justice system as inseparable from its social, political and organizational context. This perspective has had a resurgence in recent years, and this volume brings together some of the most important scholars who have contributed to these developments.

Articles examine the social organization of crime itself, the context of crime, and the response to crime. The concept of co-offending, originally developed by Reiss, is explored both as a way of improving understanding of juvenile offending and as a framework for understanding patterns of criminal organization across crime types and the relationship of criminal to licit organization. Other articles recast social disorganization theory in light of recent theoretical and empirical developments. They argue for a version of control theory that incorporates internal, contextual, and state-focused dimensions.

Organizational actors, both as offenders and as governmental agencies responding to crime, are explored. Building from Reiss's groundbreaking work on policing, a group of articles on policing examine organizational change through reorganization, the adoption of strategies such as community policing and the increased use of empirical evidence, complicated by routines, organizational culture and political constraints. Taken together, these works develop new connections between dimensions of social organization and renew the social organization perspective on crime and criminal justice.

Contributors include: Diane Vaughan, Joan McCord, Kevin P. Conway, Elin Waring, Felton Earls, Beat Mohler, Peter Manning, Stephen Mastrofski, Lawrence Sherman, David Weisburd, Robert Sampson, David F. Greenberg, Margaret Kelley, Robin Tamarelli and Jeremy Travis.

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Elin Waring is associate professor of sociology at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is author of a number of books and articles on white-collar crime, organized crime, and co-offending, including White Collar Crime and Criminal Careers and Russian Mafia in America.

David Weisburd is professor of criminology at the Hebrew University Law School in Jerusalem, and senior research fellow in the Institute of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is author or editor of nine books and numerous scholarly articles.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Foreword
Editors' Introduction
1 Clarifying Organizational Actors: The Contributions of Albert J. Reiss, Jr., to the Sociology of Deviance and Social Control 1
2 Patterns of Juvenile Delinquency and Co-Offending 15
3 Co-Offending as a Network Form of Social Organization 31
4 The Generality of the Self-Control Theory of Crime 49
5 Organized for What? Recasting Theories of Social (Dis)organization 95
6 Social Selection and Social Causation as Determinants of Psychiatric Disorders 111
7 Authority, Loyalty, and Community Policing 123
8 The Romance of Police Leadership 153
9 From Criminals to Criminal Contexts: Reorienting Crime Prevention Research and Policy 197
10 Evidence-Based Policing: Social Organization of Information for Social Control 217
About the Authors 249
Index 251
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