Understanding Violent Crime

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"This volume provides an account of the main explanations of violent behaviour. It draws upon sociological and psychological perspectives on violence as part of a coherent approach to the study of a phenomenon that raises wide public concern. There is also a focus on the ways in which violence is considered by the criminal justice system. Definitions of the main violent offences, including violent sexual offences, are discussed and some indication of the levels of sentencing in particular cases is provided. The final chapter then considers ways ...
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Overview

"This volume provides an account of the main explanations of violent behaviour. It draws upon sociological and psychological perspectives on violence as part of a coherent approach to the study of a phenomenon that raises wide public concern. There is also a focus on the ways in which violence is considered by the criminal justice system. Definitions of the main violent offences, including violent sexual offences, are discussed and some indication of the levels of sentencing in particular cases is provided. The final chapter then considers ways in which offenders are able to confront their violent behaviour within the criminal justice system. Frequent references to the definitions and treatment of violence in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA give the book a comparative perspective." "Level: undergraduate; postgraduate; research/professional."--BOOK JACKET.
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The final in a series of six texts introducing specific elements that together comprise the core for an undergraduate criminology course. Jones (law, U. of Bristol) focuses mainly on the perpetrators of criminal violence in Britain, but also compares how violence is dealt with in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US. He explore such topics as the definitions and extent of violence, theories of socialization, group violence, the consequences of violent crime, punishment, and the treatment of violent offenders. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335204175
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Series: Crime and Justice Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. 1 The phenomenon of violence
Definitions of violence
The extent of violence
Sect. 2 Explanations of violence
Biological influences, mental disorder, drugs and alcohol
Theories of socialization
Group violence
Gender and violence
Sociological theories - poverty, strain and power
Sect. 3 The aftermath of violence
The consequences of violent crime
The punishment of violence
The treatment of violent offenders
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