Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice / Edition 2

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Overview

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: 9780881338805
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 362

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2001

    Finally the truth

    This book states all the news we get about crime and criminal justice comes via the media. Their motive is profits. this book debunks all the myths we get in the mass media.

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