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The foundation of this book is institutional anomie theory, an offshoot of strain theory. It explores why America's over-emphasis on the pursuit of materialistic gain contributes to the country's high rates of violent crime.
PREFACE. 1. A Society Organized for Crime. 2. By Any Means Necessary: Serious Crime in America. 3. Ships in the Night: Theoretical Perspectives in Contemporary Criminology. 4. Culture, Institutional Structure, and Social Control: A Sociological Explanation of Crime. 5. Strengthening Social Institutions and Rethinking the American Dream. REFERENCES. INDEX.
Posted September 30, 2002
This is one of the best theoretical books that I had the pleasure of reading in graduate school. Messner and Rosenfeld offer a macro-level theory of crime that synthesizes extant perspectives in a fresh and unique manner. Now, as an instructor, I require my graduate students to read this book for a seminar on Law & Society.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.