Crime and Coercion: An Integrated Theory of Chronic Criminality

Crime and Coercion: An Integrated Theory of Chronic Criminality

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Crime and Coercion: An Integrated Theory of Chronic Criminality by NA NA

In a major new theory of criminal behavior, Mark Colvin argues that chronic criminals emerge from a developmental process characterized by recurring, erratic episodes of coercion. Colvin's differential coercion theory, which integrates several existing criminological perspectives, lays out a compelling argument that coercive forces create social and psychological dynamics that lead to chronic criminal behavior. While Colvin's presentation focuses primarily on chronic street criminals, the theory is also applied to exploratory offenders and white-collar criminals. In addition, Colvin presents a critique of current crime control measures, which rely heavily on coercion, and offers in their place a comprehensive crime reduction program based on consistent, non-coercive practices.

Author Biography: Mark Colvin is Associate Professor of Sociology at George Mason University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in criminology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349386215
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 12/12/2015
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2000
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mark Colvin is Associate Professor of Sociology at George Mason University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in criminology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvi
List of Figuresviii
1.Introduction1
2.Emergence of a Differential Coercion Theory of Criminality9
3.The Immediate Contexts of Coercion53
4.The Larger Contexts of Coercion: Economics and Culture89
5.Coercion in the Foreground of Crime115
6.A Theory-Driven Response to Crime: Toward A Non-Coercive Society139
AppendixA Guide to Literature on Measuring Key Variables177
Notes185
References193
Index212

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