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International Handbook of Victimology

1st Edition

Edited by Shlomo Giora Shoham, Paul Knepper, Martin Kett

CRC Press

732 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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In the nearly four decades since the First International Symposium on Victimology convened in Jerusalem in 1973, some concepts and themes have continued to hold a prominent place in the literature, while new ones have also emerged. Exploring enduring topics such as conceptions of victimhood, secondary and hidden victimization, and social services for victims along with more recent issues, the International Handbook of Victimology provides an interdisciplinary study of the topic from a diverse range of professionals on the cutting edge of victimology research.

Forty experts from top research facilities and universities around the world provide input on the traditional longstanding issues that surround the field of victimology and explore newer themes such as restorative justice, the use of government-sponsored crime victimization surveys, compensation and restitution schemes, and victims’ rights legislation. The second in a trilogy of volumes, this handbook examines victimology from criminology, sociology, psychology, law, and philosophy perspectives. Topics discussed include:

  • Theoretical and historical frameworks used in the study of victimology
  • Advances in research methods, including GIS technology
  • Patterns of victimization, including drug- sex-, and work-related
  • Responses to victimization by the victim and society
  • Restorative justice issues
  • Victimization as it occurs in various social divisions
  • Describing current research and identifying new ideas and topics of concern, the book collectively presents the “state-of-the-art” of the field today. In doing so, it helps to inform contemporary understanding of an eternal societal plague.

    Those wishing to continue their studies should consult the International Handbook of Criminology and the International Handbook of Penology and Criminal Justice, which complete the trilogy.

    Table of Contents

    Theoretical and Historical Frameworks

    Becoming a Victim; R. Strobl

    The Meaning of Justice for Victims; Jo-Anne Wemmers

    The Evolution of a Young, Promising Discipline: Sixty Years of Victimology, a Retrospective and Prospective Look; Ezzat A. Fattah

    History and a Theoretical Structure of Victimology; G. Ferdinand Kirchhoff

    Research Methods in Victimology

    Property Crimes and Repeat Victimization: A Fresh Look; A. Tseloni and K. Pease

    Key Victimological Findings from the International Crime Victims Survey; J. Van Kesteren and J. Van Dijk

    Patterns of Communal Violence Victimization in South India: A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysis; K. Jaishankar

    Patterns of Victimization

    Secondary Victims and Secondary Victimization; R. Condry

    Drugs and Alcohol in Relation to Crime and Victimization; M. Clark

    Victims of Sex Trafficking: Gender, Myths, and Consequences; S. Milivojevic and S. Ćopić

    Occupational Victimization; R. Lusignan and J. D. Marleau

    Tourism and Victimization; R. I. Mawby, E. Barclay, and C. Jones

    Responses to Criminal Victimization

    Victims and Criminal Justice in Europe; J. Shapland Lobbying for Rights: Crime Victims in Israel; U. Yanay and T. Gal

    Victim Services in the United States; B. T. Muscat

    Fear of Crime in the Republic of Ireland: Understanding Its Origins and Consequences; M. Butler and P. Cunningham

    Restorative Justice

    When Prisoners Leave: Victim–Offender Relationships in a Transitions Context; R.White

    Death of a Metaphor? Healing Victims and Restorative Justice; T. Daems

    The Healing Nature of Apology and Its Contribution toward Emotional Reparation and Closure in Restorative Justice Encounters; E. Brook and S. Warshwski-Brook

    Exploring the Effects of Restorative Justice on Crime Victims for Victims of Conflict in Transitional Societies; H. Strang

    Victims and Social Divisions

    The Hidden Violent Victimization of Women; W. S. Dekeseredy

    Images of Criminality, Victimization, and Disability; M. Madriaga and R. Mallett

    The Psychological Impact of Victimization: Mental Health Outcomes and Psychological, Legal, and Restorative Interventions; S. N. Verdun-Jones and K. R. Rossiter

    Culture and Wife Abuse: An Overview of Theory, Research, and Practice; C. Machado, A. R. Dias, and C. Coelho

    The Idea of the Crime Victim as a Trojan Horse in the Swedish Social Services Act; C. Ljungwald

    Conclusion; S. G. Shoham and P. Knepper

    About the Editors

    Shlomo G. Shoham is Professor of Law and an interdisciplinary lecturer at Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, and is a world-renowned criminologist who has published more than 100 books and about 1,000 articles on crime, deviance, philosophy, religion, psychology, and the human personality. Over the years, he has developed his innovative personality theory, a highly appraised new theory of personality development. In 2003, Professor Shoham was awarded the Israel Prize for research in criminology. Previously, he was awarded the Sellin-Glueck Award, the highest prize in American criminology, and recently the prestigious Emet Prize. He is the recipient of a decoration from the prime minister of France. Professor Shoham has lectured all over the world and has been a resident at the universities of Oxford, Harvard, and the Sorbonne. Paul Knepper is Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, and Visiting Professor, Institute of Criminology, University of Malta. His research has explored sociopolitical definitions of race, conceptual foundations of crime prevention, and historical origins of contemporary responses to crime. Martin Kett is a self-employed technical writer and translator. He received a BSc in mathematics and statistics from Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    LAW / Criminal Law / General
    LAW / Forensic Science
    MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General