This comprehensive text introduces the basic aspects of modern criminology, emphasizing the importance of historical, feminist, and comparative perspectives on crime and offering a critical sociological perspective on the relationship between crime and structured social inequality. The authors explore what crime is and why it occurs by examining the four major forms of social inequality in the U.S.--class, gender, race, and age--and their influence on patterns of crime and victimization.
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James W. Messerschmidt is Professor of Sociology in the Criminology Department at the University of Southern Maine. He is the author of The Trial of Leonard Peltier (1983), Capitalism, Patriarchy, and Crime (1986), Masculinities and Crime (1993), Crime as Structured Action (1997), and Criminology (3rd ed.) with Piers Beirne (2000).Review:
"This book stands head and shoulders above most criminology textbooks because it provides a clearly critical sociological perspective on the problem of crime, while giving a balanced overview of the field in its entirety. It logically organizes appropriate content, and does so through a writing style that is both sophisticated yet accessible to the average student."--Raymond Michalowski, Northern Arizona University
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Book Description Wadsworth Publishing, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110155019260