The Many Colors of Crime: Inequalities of Race, Ethnicity, and Crime in America / Edition 1

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In this authoritative volume, race and ethnicity are themselves considered as central organizing principles in why, how, where and by whom crimes are committed and enforced. The contributors argue that dimensions of race and ethnicity condition the very laws that make certain behaviors criminal, the perception of crime and those who are criminalized, the determination of who becomes a victim of crime under which circumstances, the responses to laws and crime that make some more likely to be defined as criminal, and the ways that individuals and communities are positioned and empowered to respond to crime.

Contributors: Eric Baumer, Lydia Bean, Robert D. Crutchfield, Stacy De Coster, Kevin Drakulich, Jeffrey Fagan, John Hagan, Karen Heimer, Jan Holland, Diana Karafin, Lauren J. Krivo, Charis E. Kubrin, Gary LaFree, Toya Z. Like, Ramiro Martinez, Jr., Ross L. Matsueda, Jody Miller, Amie L. Nielsen, Robert O'Brien, Ruth D. Peterson, Alex R. Piquero, Doris Marie Provine, Nancy Rodriguez, Wenona Rymond-Richmond, Robert J. Sampson, Carla Shedd, Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo, Avelardo Valdez, Alexander T. Vazsonyi, Maria B. Velez, Geoff K. Ward, Valerie West, Vernetta Young, Marjorie S. Zatz.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“The volume’s devotion to establishing comparative studies of racial and ethnic groups and to acknowledging regional and temporal variances yields productive insights into structural and social inequalities in the United States.”
-Journal of American Studies

“With a dedicated focus on race and ethnicity, and through an examination of heretofore neglected groups (e.g., Haitian immigrants and rural blacks), the authors both broaden and deepen our understanding of the influence of race and ethnicity, often surprising us with their results. . . . The editors have assembled an impressive group of contributors who bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the table and also remind us how time-tested constructs such as social disorganization, informal social control, and the culture of violence can be applied in ways that allow us to learn something new about race, ethnicity, and crime. . . . The Many Colors of Crime is an important book not only for criminologists but also for those with an interest in race and ethnicity generally.”

-American Journal of Sociology

“With a distinguished cast of scholars, this book makes a major contribution to the field in its framing of a very complex social problem.”
-Simon I. Singer,author of Recriminalizing Delinquency: Violent Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice Reform

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814767207
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Series: New Perspectives in Crime, Deviance, and Law Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth D. Peterson is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Criminal Justice Research Center at Ohio State University. She is co-editor of Crime and Inequality.

Lauren J. Krivo is Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Criminal Justice Research Center at Ohio State University.

John Hagan is John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University. He is the author of numerous books, including Northern Passage: The Lives of American Vietnam War Resisters in Canada.

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Table of Contents

1 Cultural Mechanisms and Killing Fields
Part I Constructs and Conceptual Approaches
2 Conceptualizing Race and Ethnicity in Studies of Crime and Criminal Justice
3 Demythologizing the “Criminalblackman”
4 Race and the Justice Workforce
Part II Populations and Intersectionalities
5 Toward an Understanding of the Lower Rates of Homicide in Latino versus Black Neighborhoods
6 Extending Ethnicity and Violence Research in a Multiethnic City
7 Crime and Deviance in the “Black Belt”
8 Crime at the Intersections
9 Race, Inequality, and Gender Violence
Part III Contexts and Settings
10 Is the Gap between Black and White Arrest Rates
11 Race, Labor Markets, and Neighborhood Violence
12 Drug Markets in Minority Communities
13 Perceptions of Crime and Safety in Racially and Economically Distinct Neighborhoods
14 Neighborhood, Race, and the Economic Consequences of Incarceration in New York City,1985–1996
Part IV Mechanisms and Processes
15 Creating Racial Disadvantage
16 Transforming Communities: Formal and Informal Mechanisms of Social Control
17 Toward a Developmental and Comparative Con?ict
Theory of Race, Ethnicity, and Perceptions of Criminal Injustice
18 Race and Neighborhood Codes of Violence
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