Summary: Criminals are versatile - most do not specialize in a particular type of criminal activity, but rather participate in a variety of offenses. A reason being, many criminals do not plan their crimes, instead they are opportunistic by nature. Needless to say, understanding precisely why criminals behave the way they do has not been easy.
About Criminals: A View of the Offenders' World is a collection of readings that presents recent and important research on ...show morecriminal behavior. The book takes a "naturalistic" approach, allowing criminals to discuss their offenses and lifestyles from their own perspective. This method gives criminals the opportunity to disclose details of their offending behavior and reasons for their participation in crime. About Criminals offers a first-hand examination of offenders' motivations, descriptions of how they operate, their thoughts about victims, and descriptive analysis about their sometimes deviant lifestyles.
The readings in About Criminals feature field study research on property crimes, violent crimes, sex crimes, white-collar crimes, gangs and crime, drugs and crime, gender and crime, and a final section on desistance from crime. Editor Mark Pogrebin provides an introduction to each category of crime and a description of each article's content to help readers become familiar with the method each researcher used to conduct the study. The use of field studies allows readers to gain an in-depth understanding of how criminological theories of crime causation actually relate to real-world examples of criminal behavior.
About Criminals is designed as a supplemental anthology for a variety of undergraduate courses such as introductory criminology, criminal behavior, criminological theory, and sociology of deviance. The book can also be used in qualitative methods courses in criminology and criminal justice programs or courses in forensic psychology.