Crime and Crime Reduction: The importance of group processes

Crime and Crime Reduction: The importance of group processes

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The problems associated with groups that commit crime are well known and notoriously complex. However, there are many questions that we still cannot answer with certainty. This book seeks to deepen understanding of the group processes involved in crime and the treatment of offenders’ thoughts and behaviour. Together, the chapters in this volume address the following questions:

  • Are people more likely to commit crime because of the influence of their group?
  • Does group membership cause people to become criminals, or does the group merely foster people’s pre-existing criminal inclinations?
  • How does group membership exert such a strong hold on people so that some risk imprisonment or even death, rather than relinquish their membership?

The contributors to Crime and Crime Reduction consider the social psychological influences of groups and specific forms of group crime such as street and prison gangs, terrorism, organized criminal networks, and group sexual offending. The book also addresses important questions about the role of groups in treating offenders, and why existing group membership should be considered when treating offenders.

Group criminal activity is a key area of study for researchers and for students of Forensic Psychology and Criminology courses. This book will therefore be of interest to students, scholars, and law enforcement practitioners who want to understand the group processes involved in crime and its reduction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781136223884
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jane L. Wood is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at CORE-FP, University of Kent, UK.

Theresa A. Gannon is Director of the Centre for Research and Education in Forensic Psychology (CORE-FP) and Reader in Forensic Psychology at the University of Kent, UK.

Table of Contents

The Social Influence of Groups on Individuals, G. T.Viki, D. Abrams. Street Gangs: The Inter- and Intra-Group Processes, J. L. Wood, E. Alleyne. Gangs: Displaced and Group-Based Aggression, E. A. Vasquez, B. Lickel, K.Hennigan. A Multi-Factorial Approach to Understanding Multiple Perpetrator Sexual Offending, L. Harkins, L. Dixon. The Role of Group Processes in Terrorism, M. A. Wilson, E. Bradford, L. Lemanski. Organized Crime: Criminal Organizations or Organized Criminals? V. Egan, S. Lock Surviving and Thriving: The Growth, Influence and Administrative Control of Prison Gangs, M. L. Griffin, D. Pyrooz, S.H. Decker. Features of Treatment Delivery and Group Processes that Maximize the Effects of Offender Programs, W. L. Marshall, D. L. Burton, L. E. Marshall. Should Group Membership be Considered for Treatment to be Effective? J. Thakker.

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