Much of a society’s resources are devoted to dealing with, or preparing for the possibility of, crime. The dominance of concerns about crime also hint at the broader implications that offending has for many different facets of society. They suggest that rather than being an outlawed subset of social activity, crime is an integrated aspect of societal processes. This book reviews some of the direct and indirect social impacts of criminality, proposing that this is worthwhile, not just in terms of understanding crime, but also because of how it elucidates more general social considerations.
A range of studies that examine the interactions between crime and society are brought together, drawing on a wide range of countries and cultures including India, Israel, Nigeria, Turkey, and the USA, as well as the UK and Ireland. They include contributions from many different social science disciplines, which, taken together, demonstrate that the implicit and direct impact of crime is very widespread indeed.
The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Social Science.
Introduction: Crime and society David Canter and Donna Youngs
1. Fragile masculinity: social inequalities in the narrative frame and discursive construction of a mass shooter’s autobiography/manifesto Chrystie Myketiak
2. Pride and prejudice: the context of reception for Muslims in the United States Elif Bulut
3. Does Islam deter crime in a secular Islamic country? The case of Turkey Ozden Ozbay
4. Is there a natural rate of crime in India? Jagadish Prasad Sahu and Chandan Kumar Mohanty
5. Use of drugs and criminal behaviour among female adolescent prostitutes in Lagos metropolis, Nigeria Sogo Angel Olofinbiyi, Babatunde Ajayi Olofinbiyi and John Lekan Oyefara
6. A reason for reasonable doubt in social justice: the weight of poverty, race and gender in lopsided homicide case clearances outcomes Alonzo DeCarlo
7. A consideration of the social impact of cybercrime: examples from hacking, piracy, and child abuse material online Mary Aiken, Ciaran Mc Mahon, Ciaran Haughton, Laura O’Neill and Edward O’Carroll
8. The impacts of organised crime in the EU: some preliminary thoughts on measurement difficulties Michael Levi
9. Homelessness among formerly incarcerated African American men: contributors and consequences Myia C. Egleton, Diari Marcus Banigo, Branden A. McLeod and Halaevalu F.O. Vakalahi
10. An inside look at Israeli police critical incident first responders Brenda Geiger
11. Tackling sexual violence at UK universities: a case study Graham Towl
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