The Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice / Edition 4

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This refreshing, illuminating volume offers students of crime and justice an innovative alternative to traditional criminal justice texts. Each of the authoritative, well-written chapters questions our most basic assumptions of crime and justice, covering relevant issues such as juvenile crime, the death penalty, and serial murder. The provocative viewpoints challenge habitual perspectives, thus making this text an excellent starting point for understanding the realities of criminal justice and an engaging alternative to reinforcing crime myths.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577663584
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/12/2004
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 381,265
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The social construction of crime myths 1
2 Crime waves, fears, and social reality 33
3 The myth and fear of missing children 53
4 Myth and murder : the serial killer panic 77
5 Of stalkers and murder : spreading myth to common crime 97
6 Organized crime : the myth of an underworld empire 115
7 Corporate crime and "higher immorality" 147
8 Apocalypse now : the lost war on drugs 175
9 Juvenile superpredators : the myths of killer kids, dangerous schools, and a youth crime wave 215
10 Battered and blue crime fighters : myths and misconceptions of police work 235
11 Order in the courts : the myth of equal justice 263
12 Cons and country clubs : the mythical utility of punishment 287
13 The myth of a lenient criminal justice system 313
14 Capital punishment : the myth of murder as effective crime control 329
15 Merging myths and misconceptions of crime and justice 357
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