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In Their Own Words : Criminals on Crime (An Anthology)

In Their Own Words : Criminals on Crime (An Anthology) - 2nd edition

In Their Own Words : Criminals on Crime (An Anthology) - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 9780935732955

ISBN10: 0935732950

In Their Own Words : Criminals on Crime (An Anthology) by Paul Cromwell - ISBN 9780935732955
Edition: 2ND 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Roxbury Publishing Co.
International: No
In Their Own Words : Criminals on Crime (An Anthology) by Paul Cromwell - ISBN 9780935732955

ISBN13: 9780935732955

ISBN10: 0935732950

Edition: 2ND 99

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The Second Edition contains seven new studies, adding more accounts of crimes committed by women, studies of decision making by residential burglars, factors that motivate shoplifters, the use of force and threats by armed robbers, youthful car thieves, a study of crack sales in a declining market, and research that analyzes crime as work. These new research findings increase the range of criminal behaviors analyzed and offer the reader fresh insights into the criminal experience.

Author Bio

Cromwell, Paul (Ed.) : Wichita State University

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

(An asterisk indicates a new chapter in this Edition)
Introduction to Ethnographic Research in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Chapter 1. A Snowball's Chance in Hell : Doing Fieldwork With Active Residential Burglars

Richard T. Wright, Scott H. Decker, Allison K. Redfern, and Dietrich L. Smith, Wright and his associates explain the process and problems associated with designing and conducting a field study of active burglars.


Chapter 2. The Socially Bounded Decision Making of Persistent Property Offenders

Neal Shover and David Honaker, Shover and Honaker argue that improved understanding of the decision making processes of property offenders is gained through exploring how their decisions are shaped by their lifestyles.

Chapter 3. Looking at the Squares : Comparisons With the Square Johns

Malin Åkerström, Åkerström compares attitudes and perspectives of thieves and drug addicts to a population of noncriminals about work, leisure, the law, finances, lifestyle, and the future



*Chapter 4. Women, Work, and Crime

Deborah H. Baskin and Ira Sommers, Baskin and Sommers describe how the respondents in their research make a living and their progression from early involvement in the legal economy to their ultimate embeddedness in the illicit economy.

*Chapter 5. Decision Strategies of Residential Burglars

Paul Cromwell, James N. Olson, and D'Aunn Wester Avary, Cromwell, Olson, and Avary develop a model of burglar target selection decision strategies.

*Chapter 6. The Five-Finger Discount : An Analysis of Motivations for Shoplifting

Paul Cromwell, Lee Parker, and Shawna Mobley, The authors explain the factors which motivate shoplifters to commit their offenses.

*Chapter 7. The Thrill of It All : Youthful Offenders and Auto Theft

Zachary Fleming, Fleming analyzes auto theft by youthful offenders in British Columbia. He reports that thrill and excitement are the major motivators for these offenders.

Chapter 8. Aging Criminals : Changes in the Criminal Calculus

Neal Shover, Shover traces age related changes in the criminal calculus--the process by which offenders make decisions--through three stages of a criminal career : offenses of youth, offenses of young adults, and offenses of aging criminals.

*Chapter 9. Getting Out of the Life : Crime Desistance by Female Offenders

Ira Sommers, Deborah R. Baskin and Jeffery Fagan, In this selection, Sommers and his associates consider the role of life events and the relationship of cognitions and life situations to the desistance process.


Chapter 10. Denying the Guilty Mind : Accounting for Involvement in a White Collar Crime

Michael L. Benson, Benson explains the process by which white collar offenders deny criminal intent and are thus able to defeat the process of criminalization.

Chapter 11. How Doctors Defraud Medicaid : Doctors Tell Their Stories

Paul Jesilow, Henry M. Pontell, and Gilbert Geis, In this selection, Jesilow, Pontell, and Geis examine the use of Sykes and Matza's "Techniques of Neutralization" by physicians accused of Medicaid fraud.


Chapter 12. Robbers as Decision Makers

Floyd Feeney, Using interviews with 113 California robbers, Feeney offers many insights into the decision making process of these violent criminals.

*Chapter 13. Creating the Illusion of Impending Death : Armed Robbers in Action

Richard T. Wright and Scott H. Decker, In this study, Wright and Decker explore the dynamics of offender victim confrontations in armed robbery.

Chapter 14. Convicted Rapists' Vocabulary of Motive : Excuses and Justifications

Diana Scully and Joseph Marolla, Scully and Marolla analyze the excuses and justifications that a sample of incarcerated rapists use to explain themselves.


Chapter 15. Becoming a Gang Member

Felix M. Padilla, Padilla considers the influences of neighborhood, school, and treatment by police on the decision to join a gang.

Chapter 16. Homeboys, Dope Fiends, Legits, and New Jacks

John M. Hagedorn, Milwaukee gang researcher Hagedorn identifies four categories of gang members based on their commitment to gang life and drug dealing.

Chapter 17. Changes in Prison Culture : Prison Gangs and the Case of the 'Pepsi Generation

Geoffrey Hunt, Stephanie Riegel, Tomas Morales, and Dan Waldorf, The authors discuss recent changes in prison life as it relates to the growth of prison gangs.


Chapter 18. Dealing Careers

Patricia A. Adler, Based on six years of participant observation, fieldwork, and in depth interviews, Adler provides a rare glimpse into a community of high level drug dealers in Southern California.

Chapter 19. The Drugs Crime Connection Among Stable Addicts

Charles E. Faupel, In a field study of heroin addicts, Faupel explores the connection between drugs and crime.

Chapter 20. Life With Crack : Women's Experiences and Voices

Tom Mieczkowski, Mieczkowski examines the roles of women in various drug venues.

*Chapter 21. The Social Organization of Crack Sales

Bruce Jacobs, Jacobs analyzes the social organization of crack sales in a declining market.

Other Editions of In Their Own Words : Criminals on Crime (An Anthology)

In Their Own Words : Criminals on Crime, An Anthology by Paul  Ed. Cromwell - ISBN 9781891487873
In Their Own Words : Criminals on Crime by Paul Cromwell - ISBN 9780935732740