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The Social Psychology of Crime

Groups, Teams and Networks, 1st Edition

By Laurence Alison

Edited by David Canter


344 pages

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Paperback: 9781840144970
pub: 2000-08-22
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Crime is always part of a social process. In many cases that process determines the form the crime takes. In this ground-breaking book, a wide range of crimes are examined in terms of the social psychological processes that influence the participants and their relationships with each other. Crimes as diverse as fraud and hostage taking are examined from a range of social science perspectives, including broad anthropological perspectives on differences in the structure of criminal cultures as well as the detailed consideration of the roles offenders play in groups and teams of criminals. This book opens up a new area of empirical study of relevance to students of crime as well as law enforcement officers. It will also be of value and interest to all those social scientists who wish to understand how their disciplines can contribute more effectively to the investigation of crime.


’…this is a topical, accessible and well-referenced book.’ New Law Journal ’A very useful addition to the literature.’ Dr M. Gregson, Nottingham Trent University, UK ’…excellent, detailed and comprehensive…excellently illustrates the need to test theories of crime against measurable criteria’ Security Journal ’The editors and contributors…deserve credit for focusing attention on some determinants of criminal behaviour that had not been receiving sufficient attention in recent approaches to criminology and for their inclusion of empirical studies that illustrate their approach, which is also likely to be of practical value in police work.’ Criminal Justice Review

Table of Contents

Contents: The social psychology of crime: groups, teams and networks, David Canter and Laurence Alison; Culture and crime, Gerald Mars; The structural analysis of criminal networks, Duncan McAndrew; Investigating fraud, Alan Doig; Rules and roles in terrorist hostage taking, Margaret Wilson and Alaster Smith; Riot by appointment: an examination of the nature and structure of seven hard-core football hooligan groups, Lynne Johnston; Ram raiding: criminals working in groups, Ian Donald and Angela Wilson; The social structure of robbery, Karyn McCluskey and Sarah Wardle; Criminology, desistance and the psychology of the stranger, Shadd Maruna; Destructive organizational psychology, David Canter.

About the Series

Offender Profiling Series

Offender Profiling Series
Criminal investigations around the world are being influenced by an unheralded revolution. Until recently 'Offender Profiling' and related processes have been little more than the sharing of anecdotes between those who have personal experience of criminals and their motivations. This swapping of war stories is now giving way to systematic, scientific research that covers the full range of crimes and all aspects of criminal investigations from the initial examination of the crime scene and interviews with victims and witnesses to the presentation of the case in court. This new area of research has become known as Investigative Psychology. This series provides the first full and comprehensive account of this rapidly growing new field of study.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General