In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime

ISBN 13: 9780195387155

In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime

9780195387155: In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime
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Understanding the "criminal mind" (tactics, motives, psychology) is essential to the effective control and prevention of crime. Yet few undergraduates ever encounter a "real" criminal during their studies. How can students be expected to develop proper measures for the prevention of crime without first understanding the person behind the crime?

Bridging this gap, In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime, Fifth Edition, provides students with access to the perspective of "the offender." The only book of its kind, this anthology presents ethnographic accounts of gang members, burglars, shoplifters, pimps, prostitutes, killers, robbers, addicts, rapists, drug smugglers, and white-collar offenders--all of whom discuss their motives, perceptions, decision-making strategies, and rationalizations for crime.

In order to help students become more careful, critical practitioners of criminology, the researchers of this volume frame each reading with a helpful introduction that places the criminal's words into a relevant theoretical context. An insightful analysis and conclusion follow each article.

Ideal for courses in criminology, behavior profiling, criminal behavior, and criminal psychology, In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime, Fifth Edition, provides students with a nuanced perspective on how--and why--offenders make decisions that lead them to commit crimes.

DT Twelve new chapters (four of which are original contributions)--featuring current material that resonates with students
DT New and expanded coverage of many timely topics including terrorism, identity theft, computer hacking, and drug smuggling
DT A Test Bank containing multiple-choice, essay, and true/false questions for each chapter

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About the Author:

Paul Cromwell is Professor of Criminal Justice at Wichita State University.


"I think this approach is not only useful in criminology, sociology, and criminal justice courses, but essential. As is explained in the introduction, students of crime/criminal justice rarely gain exposure to active criminals and the ability to accomplish that safely through a text (and to have the views of said active offenders presented in the context of scholarly analysis) is just plain fantastic. . . . The writing style is clear, accessible, and most importantly, concise. This is the book to use. Students actually read it, engage with it, and carry it outside and beyond the classroom. Plus it's full of top-notch, interesting, important, and timely research. There is nothing else like it on the market."--Sarah Becker, Louisiana State University

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ISBN 10:  0195383192 ISBN 13:  9780195383195
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2009