Bringing together cutting-edge theory and research that bridges academic disciplines from criminology and criminal justice, to developmental psychology, sociology, and political science, Thinking About Victimization offers an authoritative, comprehensive, and refreshingly accessible overview of scholarship on the nature, sources, and consequences of victimization.
Written in a lively style with sharp storytelling and an appreciation of international research on victimization, this book is rooted in a healthy respect for criminological history and the foundational works in victimization studies. It provides a detailed account of how different data sources can influence our understanding of victimization; of how the sources of victimization—individual, situational, and contextual—are complicated and varied; and of how the consequences of victimization—personal, legal, and political—are just as complex. This book also engages with contemporary issues such as cybervictimization, intimate partner violence and sexual victimization, prison violence and victimization, and terrorism and state-sponsored violence.
Thinking About Victimization is essential reading for advanced courses in victimization offered in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, social work, and public policy departments. With its unapologetic reliance on theory and research combined with its easy readability, undergraduate and graduate students alike will find much to learn in these pages.
"Taking a fresh approach, Jillian Turanovic and Travis Pratt analyze victimization across diverse contexts, ranging from the small confines of the prison to the expansive reach of the internet. This volume is rich in theory and scholarship but masterfully written to be accessible to students at all levels. It also is a work of practical relevance, as readers are encouraged to consider the disquieting consequences of victimization and to evaluate the policies—both effective and foolish—proposed to reduce such harm. Put simply, Thinking About Victimization has set the standard for textbooks in this area."
Francis T. Cullen, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnati
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PART I. SETTING THE STAGE
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Measuring Victimization
PART II. THE SOURCES OF VICTIMIZATION
Chapter 3: Individual Sources of Victimization
Chapter 4: Victimization from the Offender’s Perspective
Chapter 5: Situations and Context
PART III. THE CONSEQUENCES OF VICTIMIZATION
Chapter 6: Personal Consequences of Victimization
Chapter 7: Legal Consequences of Victimization
Chapter 8: Social and Political Consequences of Victimization
PART IV. SPECIAL TOPICS IN VICTMIZATION
Chapter 9: Violence Against Women
Chapter 10: Victimization in Prison
Chapter 11: Cybervictimization
Chapter 12: Wrapping it Up: Emerging Issues in Victimization