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The Study of Violent Crime

Its Correlates and Concerns, 1st Edition

By Scott Mire, Cliff Roberson

CRC Press

244 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Violence is a complex subject that is rooted in a multitude of disciplines, including not only criminology but also psychology, sociology, biology, and other social science disciplines. It is only through understanding violence as a concept that we can hope to respond to it appropriately and to prevent it. The Study of Violent Crime: Its Correlates and Concerns is a comprehensive text that provides a current analysis of violence and violent crime in the United States.

Topics discussed include:

  • The history of violence in Europe and America
  • Whether violent behavior can be predicted
  • Possible correlates of violence, including values, poverty, low education, abuse and neglect, alcohol abuse, and shame
  • Sociological theories surrounding crime causation, including social control, conflict and strain, and anomie
  • Psychological approaches to understanding violence from Freud, Bentham, Skinner, and others
  • Biological theories and the influence of positivism and determinism
  • The role of early exposure to violence on future behavior and programs to counteract these effects
  • Gang activity and hate crimes
  • The history of punishment and its effectiveness
  • Victimology and victimization

Organized in logical fashion, each chapter builds on previous ones and makes use of concrete examples to clarify concepts. Action boxes help readers focus on salient points and review questions appear at the end of each chapter, enabling readers to test their assimilation of the material.


" … provides a comprehensive discussion of violence and violent crime in the United States. … The authors are veteran criminal justice academics."

—Joshua Sinai, Perspectives on Terrorism

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Study of Violence

Defining Violence

Types of Violence

Methods of Violence

Violence Prevention Initiative

Cost of Violence

Trends in Violence

Historical Trends in Europe

Historical Trends in America

Theoretical Postulations Concerning Changing Rates of Violence

Predicting Violence

Correlates of Violence

Poverty and Violence

Alcohol Abuse and Violence

Abuse and Neglect Effect on Violence

Education and Violence

Sociological Aspects of Violence

Social Controls

Strain Theory and Violence

Control Theories and Violence

Cultural Conflict

Subculture of Violence

Differential Association

Psychological/Psychiatric Approaches to Understanding Violence

Nature of Violent Behavior

Cesare Beccaria


Psychiatric Explanations of Violence

Psychoanalytic Approaches

Emotional Problem Theories

Mental Disorders

Behavior and Social Learning Theories

Thinking Pattern Theories

Substance Abuse as a Cause of Violence

Intergenerational Transmission of Violence

Biological Factors and Violence

Positivist Approach to Violence

Biological Approaches to Violence Causation

Exposure to Violence

Juveniles as Victims or Criminals

Media Violence

Domestic Violence Home Visit Intervention Project

Gang Resistance Education and Training Program

Safe Start Centers

Teen Action Partnership

Child Sexual Abuse

Extremely Violent Video Games

Violent Crimes


Voluntary Manslaughter

Involuntary Manslaughter

Negligent Manslaughter


Sex Offenses

Assaultive Crimes

Gangs and Violence

Acts of Violence by Gangs

Regional Trends in Gangs

Characteristics of Gangs

Prison Gangs

Female Gangs

Hate Crimes

Examples of Hate Crimes

Issues in Collecting Data on Hate Crimes

National Hate Crime Statistics

Legal Aspects of Hate Crimes

Identifying Hate Crimes

Typology of Offenders

Shame and Violence

What Is Shame?

Shame and Empathy

How Shame Is Related to the Correlates in Chapter 3

Controlling Violence by the Use of Punishment

Beginning of Legal Punishments

Justification of Punishment

Purposes of Punishment

Victimology and Violence

Code of Hammurabi


Appendix: Bibliography of Youth Violence Studies


About the Authors

Cliff Roberson LLM, Ph.D is editor-in-chief of Professional Issues in Criminal Justice Journal and is academic chair for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program, Kaplan University. He is also an emeritus professor of criminal justice at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. In 2009, a research study conducted by a group of professors from Sam Houston State University determined that Roberson was the leading criminal justice author in the United States based on his publications and their relevance to the profession [See Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 6, issue 1, 2009]. He has authored or coauthored more than 50 books and texts on legal subjects.

Dr. Scott Mire has been an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette since August of 2005. Prior to this, Dr. Mire spent several years in law enforcement. He served as a police officer and narcotics agent with the Lafayette, Louisiana Police Department and then worked for the United States Border Patrol in Laredo, Texas. He worked for the Texas Police Corps as a training coordinator while pursuing a Ph.D. in criminal justice at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Mire has authored or coauthored several journal articles and book chapters including two text books in the areas of correctional counseling and ethics in criminal justice.

Subject Categories

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