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Crime Types and Criminals

Crime Types and Criminals

January 2009 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Crime Types and Criminals is an essential introduction to the study of criminology, focusing on crime types in particular. This book provides broad coverage of all major crime types, as well as coverage of research methods and theory. This book can be used both as a stand-alone and supplementary text in courses such as introduction to criminology, crime and society, deviant behaviour, crime profiling, and many other courses within the criminology and criminal justice discipline. Unlike many of the current criminology books on the market, this is a brief book that really talks about all kinds of crime and criminals in detail in a way to capture and retain student interest.
CHAPTER 1. Introduction

Fads and Fashions in Crime

The Emergence of Criminology

Crime and Deviance

Sumner's Types of Norms

Mala in Se and Mala Prohibita

Social Change and the Emergence of Law

Consensus vs. Conflict Model of Law

Crime and Criminal Law

Who Defines Crime? Criminological Definitions of Crime

The Crime Problem

The Cost of Crime


Key Concepts

Review Questions

CHAPTER 2. General Characteristics of Crime and Criminals
Caution in Interpreting Crime Data

International Variations in Crime

The Prevalence of Crime

Trends in Crime

Age and Crime

Gender Differences in Criminality

Social Class and Crime

Race and Crime

Regional Variation in Crime

Urban/Rural Differences

Institutions and Crime

The Family and Crime

Education and Crime

Religion and Crime

War and Crime

Economy and Crime

Mass Media and Crime

Criminal Typologies

A Critique of Typologies

A Defense of Typologies

Criminal Behavior Systems

Theoretical Range and Criminological Explanation


Key Concepts

Review Questions

CHAPTER 3. An Overview of Theory in Criminology

Major Theoretical Approaches

Demonological Theory

Classical and Neo-Classical Theory

Ecological Theory

Forerunners of Modern Criminological Thought

Economic Theory

Biological Theory

Psychological Theory

Mainstream Sociological Theory

Critical Sociological Theory

Integrated Theories of Crime


Key Concepts

Review Questions

CHAPTER 4. Violent Crime
History of Violence in the United States

Murder and Mayhem

Types of Murders: Multicide

Victim Precipitation

Typology of Violent Offenders

Legal Aspects

Homicide and Assault Statistics

Patterns and Trends in Violent Crime

Workplace Violence

School Violence


Sexual Assault

Acquaintance Rape

Amir vs. Brownmiller

Rape as a Violent Act

Sexual Harassment


Conklin's Typology of Robbers

Domestic Violence

Child Abuse

Spouse Abuse

Elder Abuse


Criminal Careers of Violent Offenders

Culture of Violence

Subculture of Violence

Career Criminals/Violent Predators

Societal Reaction


Key Concepts

Review Questions

CHAPTER 5. Property Crime: Occasional, Conventional and Professional

Occasional Property Crimes



Motor Vehicle Theft

Check Forgery

Conventional Property Crimes


Fencing Operations



Arson -- A Special-Category Offense

Criminal Careers of Occasional and Conventional Property Criminals

Societal Reaction

Professional Crime

The Concept of "Professional Crime"

Characteristics of Professional Crime


A Model of Professional Crime

Edelhertz's Typology


Big Cons

Maurer's The Big Con

Identity Theft

Ponzi Schemes

Pyramid Schemes

Religious Cons



Professional Burglars

The Box Man

The Professional Fence

Paper Hangers

Professional Robbers

Professional Arsonists

Professional Auto Theft Rings

Professional Killers

Criminal Careers of Professionals

Societal Reaction


Key Concepts

Review Questions

CHAPTER 6. White Collar Crime: Occupational and Corporate
White Collar Crime -- The Classic Statement

Related Concepts

The Measurement and Cost of Occupational and Corporate Crime

The History of Corporate, Organizational, and Occupational Crime

Legal Regulation

Occupations and the Law

Organizations and the Law

Occupational Crime

Crimes by Employees

Crimes by Employees Against Individuals (the Public)

Crimes by Employees Against Employees

Crimes by Employees Against Organizations

Crimes by Individuals (or Members of Occupations)

Corporate Crime

Crimes by Organizations/Corporations Against Individuals (the Public)

Crimes by Organizations Against Employees

Crimes by Organizations (Corporations) Against Organizations

Criminal Careers of Occupational and Organizational Offenders

Societal Reaction

Why the Leniency in Punishment?


Key Concepts

Review Questions

CHAPTER 7. Political Crime and Terrorism

Political Crime: A Definition

Legal Aspects

The Nuremburg Principle

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

International Law

Crimes by Government

Secret Police

Human Rights Violations


Crimes by Police

Illegal Surveillance, Disruption, and Experiments


Crimes Against Government

Protest and Dissent



Political "Whistleblowing"


The Oklahoma City Bombing

Criminal Careers of Political Criminals

The Doctrine of Raison d'État

Terrorism and Social Policy

Societal Reaction


Key Concepts

Review Questions

CHAPTER 8. Organized Crime
Organized Crime: A Problematic Definition

Sources of Information on Organized Crime

Types of Organized Crime (Generic Definitions)

The Organized Crime Continuum

Street Gangs

International Organized Crime


Chinese Triad Societies

Russian Organized Crime

The Nature of Organized Crime

Ethnicity and Organized Crime

Money Laundering

Drug Trafficking

Colombian Cartels

The Underground Empire

Theories of the Nature of Syndicate Crime in the United States

The Cosa Nostra Theory (The Cressey Model)

The Patron Theory (The Albini Model)

The Italian-American Syndicate (LAS)

The Classic Pattern of Organized Crime

Strategic and Tactical Crimes

Illegal Businesses and Activities

Big Business and Government

A Brief History of Organized Crime in the United States

Before 1930

The Luciano Period

The Genovese Period

The Appalachian Meetings

The Gambino Period

The Commission Trials

Other Developments

Criminal Careers of Organized Criminals

Public and Legal Reaction

Drug Control Strategies

Investigative Procedures

Laws and Organized Crime


Key Concepts

Review Questions

CHAPTER 9. Public Order Crime

Nuts, Guts, Sluts, and "Preverts"

Broken Windows


Types of Prostitution

Massage Parlors


Underaged Prostitutes

Homosexual Behavior

Sexual Offenses


Nonvictimless Sexual Offenses

Sexual Predators

Characteristics of Sex Offenders

Drug Abuse

Drugs and History

Drug Use in the United States: The Drug Dip?

Drug Abuse and Crime


The Prohibition Experiment

Special Populations

Societal Reaction




Key Concepts

Review Questions

CHAPTER 10. Computer Crime and the Future of Crime
Computer Crime

Types of Computer Crime

Argot of Computer Crime

Online Predators


The Future of Crime

Predicting the Future of Crime: Methods

Other Crime Predictions


The Future of Digital Crime

Other Predictions

British Home Office Predictions


Key Concepts

Review Questions


This text will be useful across 2 of the modules on the new course, one looking at volume crime, and another looking at organised crime and terrorism. There are a few pointless photographs.

Ms Helen Poole
Social Science , Coventry University
July 15, 2010

I decided to go with Helfgott text and Profiling Violent was a better match

Dr Deborah Harding
Behavioral Studies Division, Amarillo College
May 13, 2010

The book has potential for use in future classes.

Dr Gerald Fisher
Government Sociology Dept, Georgia College / State University
April 2, 2010

This is an excellent text!

Dr Julie C. Abril, PhD
Criminal Justice, ENMU
November 12, 2009

Frank E. Hagan

Frank E. Hagan is a native of the North Side of Pittsburgh and has earned degrees at Gannon, Maryland, and Case Western Reserve. He is Professor Emeritus and the former director of the James V. Kinnane Graduate Program in Administration of Justice and is the author of eight books. These are Deviance and the Family (with Marvin B. Sussman), Introduction to Criminology (11th edition), Crime Types and Criminals, Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology (10th edition), Essentials of Research Methods in Criminal Justice(3rd edition, Political Crime, White Collar Deviance (with David Simon), and The Language of Research (with Pamela... More About Author

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