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Living Off Crime describes highly active property offenders who commit themselves to careers in serious property crimes such as burglary and armed robbery. This book takes the unique approach of situating these criminal careers within the fundamental sociological concepts of social class, criminal subcultures, and consciousness. Tunnell brings class back into the dialogue of property crime among the highly criminally active and economically marginalized, and gives considerable treatment to the subcultural values of this group. Repetitive property offenders also demonstrate a particular consciousness, which is used as an organizing motif throughout the book. Their consciousness indicates little of class commitment or anti-systemic recognition and strategy, but rather is described as street-centered, hedonistic anarchy as indicated by their disparate crimes against lower- and working-class individuals. The book does not ignore the politics of their behaviors; rather it describes their actions as political yet absent politicized class-based consciousness and strategies.

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Editorial Reviews

Criminal Justice Review
Kenneth Tunnell's Living off Crime is an engaging, qualitative investigation of lower-class, persistent property offenders who use their criminal lifestyle and perceptions to inform the decision making that precedes street crime....Living off Crime is well worth reading.
— Matt DeLisi, Iowa State University
Criminal Justice Review - Matt DeLisi
Kenneth Tunnell's Living off Crime is an engaging, qualitative investigation of lower-class, persistent property offenders who use their criminal lifestyle and perceptions to inform the decision making that precedes street crime....Living off Crime is well worth reading.
Connie D. Frey
Tunnell's discussion of the possibility of a criminal consciousness is fascinating.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742541979
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/22/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 134
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth D. Tunnell is professor of criminology at Eastern Kentucky University. His previous books include Choosing Crime (Nelson-Hall, 1992), Political Crime in Contemporary America (Garland, 1994) and Pissing on Demand: Workplace Drug Testing and the Rise of the Detox Industry (New York University Press, 2004). His articles have appeared in journals such as Justice Quarterly, Deviant Behavior, Qualitative Sociology, and Journal of Popular Culture.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Crime and Criminals Chapter 2 Social Class and Property Crime Chapter 3 Culture and Property Crime Chapter 4 Consciousness and Property Crime Chapter 5 Victims and Victimization Chapter 6 Explaining Repetitive Property Crime

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