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Understanding the "criminal mind" (tactics, motives, psychology) is essential to the effective control and prevention of crime. Yet few undergraduates ever encounter a "real" criminal during their studies. How can students be expected to develop proper measures for the prevention of crime without first understanding the person behind the crime?

Bridging this gap, In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime, Fifth Edition, provides students with access to the perspective of "the offender." The only book of its kind, this anthology presents ethnographic accounts of gang members, burglars, shoplifters, pimps, prostitutes, killers, robbers, addicts, rapists, drug smugglers, and white-collar offenders--all of whom discuss their motives, perceptions, decision-making strategies, and rationalizations for crime.

In order to help students become more careful, critical practitioners of criminology, the researchers of this volume frame each reading with a helpful introduction that places the criminal's words into a relevant theoretical context. An insightful analysis and conclusion follow each article.

Ideal for courses in criminology, behavior profiling, criminal behavior, and criminal psychology, In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime, Fifth Edition, provides students with a nuanced perspective on how--and why--offenders make decisions that lead them to commit crimes.


· Twelve new chapters (four of which are original contributions)--featuring current material that resonates with students

· New and expanded coverage of many timely topics including terrorism, identity theft, computer hacking, and drug smuggling

· A Test Bank containing multiple-choice, essay, and true/false questions for each chapter

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"In Their Own Words is a great collection on various aspects of lawbreaking that speaks clearly about the real world of crime. It is an excellent balance of academic rigor and real-world experience that resonates with students. It helps to build a bridge between their life experiences and academic thought--something that is difficult to achieve." --Sarah O'Keefe, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195383195
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 3.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Cromwell is Professor of Criminal Justice at Wichita State University.

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Table of Contents

About the Contributors xix

Section I Criminal Lifestyles and Decision Making

Introduction 01

1 The Socially Bounded Decision Making of Persistent Property Offenders Neal Shover David Honaker 03

2 The Reasoning Offender: Motives and Decision-Making Strategies Paul Cromwell James N. Olson 22

3 Opportunities and Decisions: International Dynamics in Robbery and Burglary Groups Andy Hochstetler 46

Section II Property Crime

Introduction 67

4 The Key to Auto Theft: Emerging Methods of Auto Theft from the Offenders' Perspective Heith Copes Michael Cherbonneau 69

5 The Five-Finger Discount: An Analysis of Motivations for Shoplifting Paul Cromwell Lee Parker Shawna Mobley 90

6 Becoming a Computer Hacker: Examining the Enculturation and Development of Computer Deviants Thomas J. Holt 109

7 Identity Theft: Assessing Offenders' Motivations and Strategies Heith Copes Lynne Vieraitis 124

Section III Violent Crime

Introduction 139

8 The New Face of Terrorism: Socio-Cultural Foundations of Contemporary Terrorism Jerrold M. Post 141

9 Creating the Illusion of Impending Death: Armed Robbers in Action Richard T. Wright Scott H. Decker 158

10 Gendering Violence: Masculinity and Power in Men's Accounts of Domestic Violence Kristin L. Anderson Debra Umberson 168

11 Retrospective Accounts of Violent Events by Gun Offenders Mark R. Pogrebin Paul B. Stretesky N. Prabha Unnithan Gerry Venor 187

Section IV Occupational Crime

Introduction 203

12 Crime on the Line: Telemarketing and the Changing Nature of Professional Crime Neal Shover Glenn S. Coffey Dick Hobbs 205

13 Denying the Guilty Mind: Accounting for Involvement in aWhite-Collar Crime Michael L. Benson 224

14 Neutralization and Deviance in the Workplace: Theft of Supplies and Medicines by Hospital Nurses Dean Dabney 235

Section V Illegal Occupations

Introduction 249

15 The "Myth of Organization" of International Drug Smugglers Scott H. Decker Jana S. Benson 251

16 Fencing: Avenues for Redistribution of Stolen Property Paul Cromwell James N. Olson 265

17 The Second Step in Double Jeopardy: Appropriating the Labor of Female Street Hustlers Kim Romenesko Eleanor M. Miller 283

Section VI Gangs and Crime

Introduction 299

18 Gang-Related Gun Violence: Socialization, Identity, and Self Paul B. Stretesky Mark R. Pogrebin 301

19 Gender and Victimization Risk Among Young Women in Gangs Jody Miller 324

20 Homeboys, Dope Fiends, Legits, and New Jacks John M. Hagedorn 338

Section VII Drugs and Crime

Introduction 351

21 "E" Is for Ecstasy: A Participant Observation Study of Ecstasy Use Wilson R. Palacios Melissa E. Fenwick 353

22 The Drugs-Crime Connection among Stable Addicts Charles E. Faupel 363

23 Property Crime and Women Drug Dealers in Australia Barbara Denton Pat O'Malley 375

24 Researching Crack Dealers: Dilemmas and Contradictions Bruce A. Jacobs 392

Section VIII Quitting Crime

Introduction 407

25 Aging Criminals: Changes in the Criminal Calculus Neal Shover 409

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