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The Mythology of Crime and Criminal Justice

Kappeler, Victor E.; Potter, Gary W. Author

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Now in its fourth edition, this widely used and superior alternative to traditional criminal justice books continues both effectively and clearly to debunk myths cited in the popular literature regarding the problems of criminality in the U.S. It serves as a solid foundation for readers to probe beneath popular notions of crime, criminals, and crime control. Each well-written chapter provides a distinct avenue for exploring misconceptions about specific crimes or particular aspects of the system. Kappeler and Potter’s provocative examination of the realities of crime and justice is a must read for anyone serious about crime, criminal justice, or criminology. Not-for-sale instructor resource material available to college and university faculty only; contact publisher directly.

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Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Potter-Kappeler, Constructing Crime: Perspectives on Making News and Social Problems, Second Edition (ISBN 9781577664468); and Shelden et al., Crime and Criminal Justice in American Society (ISBN 9781577664789).

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"Given the power of perception, and the prevalence of misperception, this book proves to be valuable for addressing widely held but poorly supported conclusions." -- Robert Engvall, Roger Williams University

"By far the best book available for exposing many of the misconceptions that pervade the criminal justice system. Every member of the public should read these discussions to understand the truth that is distorted by political representatives to serve their own purposes. The book presents a side of the system that is rarely viewed with open eyes. I was happy to see the fourth edition since I used the second and third editions in the past." -- Robert Griffiths, Suffolk County Community College

"This is a fascinating text. What an eye-opener to our criminal justice reality." -- Daniel S. Murphy, Appalachian State University

"Well documented insights into criminal behavior and its societal perception." -- Marianna Klochko, Ohio State University, Marion

"Today's students have grown up in a world dominated by media myths. This text serves to counter and dispel those myths and provides a wonderful opportunity for discussion in class." -- Jeffrey McDade, Graceland University

"An excellent text that employs critical thinking to examine some common misperceptions about crime in America." -- Mark Stelter, Montgomery College

"Students find it fascinating and informative. I have used the book in a variety of courses since the first edition was published." -- Lydia M. Long, Abilene Christian University

"The book is an amazing teaching tool to get beyond the common stereotypical ideas students and the public have about crime in the U.S. and the criminal justice system." -- Michael J. Coyle, Arizona State University

"Kappeler and Potter are probably the best at debunking the array of crime myths perpetuated by contemporary American media. Their approach is balanced and comprehensive. The book is written and organized in a fashion that students find nonthreatening and engaging." -- A. Rafik Mohamed, University of San Diego

"This is one of the few publications that explores assumptions in criminal justice that somehow have become fact, and reveals the often weak or nonexistent underpinnings of those assumptions." -- Dane A. Cameron, California State University, Chico

"Absolutely excellent. A dream come true for critical analysis and pointing in the direction our nation must move in order to survive." -- Noelie Rodriguez, Hawaii Community College

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