This book examines and analyses the experiences of older people as both victims and perpetrators of crime. Drawing upon a wealth of research from British and North American sources, the authors detail the historical experience of the elderly as victims, the extent of present-day criminal victimisation in the home and institutions, the social theories which attempt to explain that experience, and the types of resolution available.
The book also addresses the experiences of elderly people in the criminal justice process - the offences to which they are prone, and the implications for penal policy of an increase in the elderly penal population.
Crime, Abuse and the Elderly breaks new ground in its focus on the experiences of elderly people as criminal victims in private space, its insistence on a proper engagement of criminology with crimes involving older people, and in its argument that much so-called abuse can be explained criminologically and should be dealt with by the criminal justice system rather than by treatment and welfare agencies. It will be essential reading for students, academics and professionals concerned with the experiences of the elderly.
'An important new book… to be highly recommended. It breaks new ground in its review of elderly people when victims of crime and in so doing reflects the increasing emphasis on their human rights.' - Robert Elmore in Education and Ageing
Introduction 1. Abuse vs Crime in Criminological history 2. The mythologies of elderly victimisation 3. Stereotyping the elderly and victims 4. Victimisation in private and public space 5. Old people and the fear of crime 6. Victimisation in household and care institutions 7. Sociological explanations I: Gender and the political economy of older people 8. Sociological explanations II: Organisation, power, neutralisation and strain theory 9. The elderly in the criminal justice system I: Is there an elderly crime wave? 10. The elderly in the criminal justice system II: Experience of arrest and detention 11. Conclusion - towards a criminology of the elderly