Crime Is Not the Problem: Lethal Violence in America

Crime Is Not the Problem: Lethal Violence in America

by Franklin E. Zimring, Gordon Hawkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195131053

ISBN-13: 9780195131055

Pub. Date: 05/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In Crime is Not the Problem, Franklin Zimring and Gordon Hawkins revolutionize the way we think about crime and violence—by forcing us to distinguish between crime and violence. The authors reveal that compared to other industrialized nations, in most categories of nonviolent crime, American crime rates are comparable—even lower, in some cases. Only when

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In Crime is Not the Problem, Franklin Zimring and Gordon Hawkins revolutionize the way we think about crime and violence—by forcing us to distinguish between crime and violence. The authors reveal that compared to other industrialized nations, in most categories of nonviolent crime, American crime rates are comparable—even lower, in some cases. Only when it comes to lethal violence does the United States outpace other Western nations, with homicide rates many, many times greater. London and New York City have nearly the same number of robberies and burglaries each year, but robbers and burglars kill 54 victims in New York for every victim death in London.
Why are the risks so much greater that victims will be killed or maimed in the United States? And what can be done to bring the death rate from American violence down to tolerable levels? The authors show how the impact of television and movie violence on rates of homicide is wildly overrated, but emphasize the paramount importance of guns.
By making the crucial distinction between lethal violence and crime in general, the authors clear the ground for a targeted, far more effective response to the real crisis in American society. Crime is Not the Problem will reshape the debate about crime control in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195131055
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Series:
Studies in Crime and Public Policy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
IThe American Difference1
1What Americans Fear3
2Violence and the Growth of Crime: Some Lessons from Recent History21
3Transnational Patterns34
4American Lethal Violence: A Profile51
5New Perspectives on African-American Violence73
IICorrelates and Causes89
6On Causes and Prevention91
7Firearms and Lethal Violence106
8On Mass Media Effects124
9Only in America? Illicit Drugs and the Death Rate from Violence138
IIIPrevention157
10Lethal Violence and the Criminal Law159
11Strategies of Prevention185
App. 1Explaining Distributions of Violence versus Levels of Violence217
App. 2Assault in New York City and London219
App. 3Patterns of Three Violent Crimes in the United States222
App. 4Race and Lethal Violence: A Five-City Comparison233
App. 5Studies of Mass Communications and Homicide237
App. 6Drugs and Homicide in the District of Columbia: A Research Note248
References253
Index261

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