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When Crime Waves / Edition 1

When Crime Waves / Edition 1

by Vincent F. Sacco
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ISBN-13: 2900761927838
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 05/11/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Vince Sacco is a professor in the department of sociology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. His research interests are in criminology and urban sociology. His interests relate to the study of criminology, as well as the study of public perceptions of and reactions to crime. In approaching criminology, his work emphasizes the study of "criminal events" and investigates why some people rather than others are more likely to be victimized by crime; when and where crimes occur; and why the police, lawmakers and members of the general public think about crime as they do. He has published several books including The Criminal Event 2/e Wadsworth, 2002, Advances in Criminological Theory (The Process & Structure of Crime: Criminal Events & Crime Analysis) Transaction Press, 2001, (with R.F. Meier and L.W. Kennedy), Crime Victims in Context, Roxbury Publishing, 1998, (with L.W. Kennedy).


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What are Crime Waves?
Defining Crime Waves
Social Constructionism
The Criminal Content of Crime Waves
The Nature of Waves
Some Uses of Crime Waves
Chapter 2: Why do Crime Rates go Up and Down? Dislocation, Diffusion and Innovation
The Demography of Offending
Social Dislocations
Chapter 3: Crime Waves by the Numbers
Numerate and Innumerate Consumers
The Statistics of Crime Waves
Statistics in the Raw
Emergent Problems
Statistical Record Keeping as a Social Process
Statistics in the Media
Chapter 4: Mass Media and Crime Waves
Importance of Crime to Mass Media
How Do the News Media Cover Crime?
Why Do Media Cover Crime as They Do?
How Do Media Generate Crime Waves?
Chapter 5: That's the Rumor
Talking About Crime
Rumors and Legends
The Rumor Process
The Social Implications of Talk
Chapter 6: Being Afraid
The Meaning of Fear
What Are We Afraid Of?
Who Is Afraid?
Do Rising Crime Levels Cause Fear?
Does Fear Cause Rising Crime Levels?
The (Ir)rationality of Fear
When Fear Goes Wild
Chapter 7: Crime Waves and Public Policy
The Political Context
We're Going to War
Policy and Problem Image
Searching for the Panacea
When Social Control Becomes the Problem
Chapter 8: Crime Waves: A Skeptic's Guide
Are Crime Rates Really Going Up?
What Causes the Sudden Shifts in Crime Levels?
Can We Really Trust Crime Statistics?
Are My Own Experiences (And Those of My Friends) A Useful Guide as to Whether Crime Levels Are Increasing?
What Are We to Make of the Media Obsession With Crime?
These Stories I Have Been Hearing From so Many People Have to be True, Don't They?
The Fear of Crime is Irrational, Right?
It's Fear that Drives the Justice System Response, Isn't It?
A Rising Crime Level is A Simple Problem with A Simple Solution, Right?
When Interventions are Followed By Falling Crime Levels, Can We Assume Cause and Effect?
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