1st Edition

Crime Opportunity Theories Routine Activity, Rational Choice and their Variants

Edited By Mangai Natarajan Copyright 2011

    Opportunity theories of crime seek to explain the occurrence of crime rather than simply the existence of criminal dispositions. They emphasize the fundamental element in the criminal act of opportunity: how this arises, how it is perceived, evaluated and acted on by those with criminal dispositions. This volume brings together influential research articles on opportunity theories of crime by leading theorists such as Cohen and Felson on routine activity theory and Clarke and Cornish on the bounded rational choice perspective. The articles also include more recent theoretical developments and studies of situational crime prevention of specific twenty-first century crimes. These articles attest to the sheer volume as well to as the richness and the variety of work designed to reduce crime that has forever changed the face of criminology and criminal justice.

    Acknowledgements, Series Preface, Introduction, PART I. THEORIZING SITUATIONAL DETERMINANTS OF CRIME, 1. 'Delinquency, Environment and Intervention', Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 26, pp. 505-23, 2. 'The Situational Analysis of Crime and Deviance', Annual Review of Sociology, 19, pp. 113-37, 3. 'Routine Activities and Individual Deviant Behavior', American Sociological Review, 4, pp. 635-55, PART II. THE PRODUCTION OF CRIMINAL OPPORTUNITIES: ROUTINE ACTIVITY THEORY, 4. 'Human Ecology and Crime: A Routine Activity Approach', Human Ecology, 8, pp. 389-406, 5. 'Routine Activities and Crime Prevention in the Developing Metropolis', Criminology, 25, pp. 911-31, 6. 'Routine Activities and Involvement in Violence as Actor, Witness, or Target', Violence and Victims, 12, pp. 209-21, 7. 'The Demand and Supply of Criminal Opportunities', in M. Tonry and N. Morris (eds), Crime and Justice, 7, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 1-27, PART III. DECIDING TO COMMIT CRIME: THE RATIONAL CHOICE PERSPECTIVE, 8. 'Modeling Offenders' Decisions: A Framework for Research and Policy', in M. Tonry and N. Morris (eds), Crime and Justice, 6, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 147-85, 9. 'Understanding Crime Displacement: An Application of Rational Choice Theory', Criminology, 25, pp. 933-47, 10. 'A Descriptive Model of the Hunting Process of Serial Sex Offenders: A Rational Choice Perspective', Journal ofF amily Violence, 22, pp. 449-63, 11. 'Serendipity in Robbery Target Selection', The British Journal a/Criminology, 50, pp. 514-29, 12. 'Organized Fraud and Organizing Frauds: Unpacking Research on Networks and Organization', Criminology and Criminal Justice, 8, pp. 389--419, 13. 'Parameters for Software Piracy Research', The Information Society, 24, pp. 199-218, PART IV. 'BOUNDED' RATIONAL CHOICE: GOOD ENOUGH OR NOT ENOUGH, 14. 'Rational Choice, Deterrence, and Social Learning Theory in Criminology: The Path Not Taken', Journal a/Criminal Law and Criminology, 81, pp. 653-76, 15. 'Situational Crime Prevention and Its Discontents: Rational Choice Theory versus the Culture of Now', Social Policy and Administration, 41, pp. 232-50, 16. 'Situational Crime Prevention and Its Discontents: Rational Choice and Hann Reduction versus Cultural Criminology', Social Policy and Administration, 44, pp. 40--66, 17. 'Karl Popper: A Philosopher for Ronald Clarke's Situational Crime Prevention?', Israeli Studies in Criminology, 8, pp. 39-56, PART V. VARIANTS BEYOND RATIONAL CHOICE AND ROUTINE ACTIVITY, 18. 'Activity Fields and the Dynamics of Crime: Advancing Knowledge about the Role of the Environment in Crime Causation', Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 25, pp. 55-87, 19. 'A Classification of Techniques for Controlling Situational Precipitators of Crime', Security Journal, 14, pp. 63-82, 20. 'Going Equipped: Criminology, Situational Crime Prevention and the Resourceful Offender', British Journal of Criminology, 40, pp. 376-98, PART VI. IMPLICATIONS FOR CRIME PREVENTION, 21. 'Situational Crime Prevention: Theory and Practice', British Journal of Criminology, 20, pp. 136--47, 22. 'Routine Activities and Crime Prevention: Armchair Concepts and Practical Action', Studies on Crime and Crime Prevention, 1, pp. 30-34, 23. 'Minimising Corruption: Applying Lessons from the Crime Prevention Literature', Crime, Law & Social Change, 30, pp. 67-87, 24. 'Subway Slugs: Tracking Displacement on the London Underground', British Journal of Criminology, 34, pp. 122-38, 25. 'Assessing the Extent of Crime Displacement and Diffusion of Benefits: A Review of Situational Crime Prevention Evaluations', Criminology, 47, pp. 1331-68, Name Index


    Mangai Natarajan is Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, USA