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The Creation of Dangerous Violent Criminals
     

The Creation of Dangerous Violent Criminals

by Lonnie H Athens, Richard Rhodes (Foreword by)
 

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Lonnie H. Athens’ path-breaking work examines a problem that has baffled experts and the general public alike: How does a person become a predatory violent criminal? In the original edition, the process that Athens labeled “violentization” encompassed four stages: brutalization, defiance, dominative engagements, and virulency. In this

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Lonnie H. Athens’ path-breaking work examines a problem that has baffled experts and the general public alike: How does a person become a predatory violent criminal? In the original edition, the process that Athens labeled “violentization” encompassed four stages: brutalization, defiance, dominative engagements, and virulency. In this edition, Athens identifies a new final stage, violent predation, as the culmination of the violent criminal’s development. He uses vivid first-person accounts gleaned from in-depth interviews and participant observation of nascent and hardened violent criminals to back up his theory.

In this vastly expanded edition, Athens examines how his thinking and ideas have evolved over the past thirty years and renames and clarifies two stages of development. Athens also addresses, for the first time, criticisms of his original theory. Milestones of this important work are discussed, as well as the paradoxes surrounding its present-day status in the field of criminology. Athens proposes a revised theoretical model that will be useful for classroom use, as well as for interested general readers and professionals.

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“The most far-reaching, provocative, and profound analysis of violent conduct to be found in the criminological literature.” —Norman K. Denzin, author of The Research Act “Represents a profoundly creative and original theoretical contribution, on a par with any other criminological development this century. It is more empirically, methodologically, and theoretically sophisticated than most of the erstwhile ‘famous’ researches of the ‘big names’ in the criminological field.” —John M. Johnson, Symbolic Interaction

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412865364
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/15/2017
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Meet the Author

Lonnie H. Athens is a professor of criminal justice at Seton Hall University. He is the author of Domination and Subjugation in Everyday Life and Acts and Actors Revisited. He received the George Herbert Mead Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction for lifetime achievement.

Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twenty-five books, including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award.

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