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Persistent thieves—criminals who resume committing crimes of burglary, robbery, vehicle theft, and ordinary theft despite previous attempts to stop—are a main focal point of American criminology and criminal justice. Cast as “career criminals,” they are also one of the principal targets of the “war on crime” that American governments have waged for more than two decades.Building on a theoretical interpretation of crime as choice, crime-control policies and programs justified by notions of deterrence and incapacitation have proliferated. Americas urban police departments now have “repeat offender units,” and many of the new state sentencing codes mandate lengthy sentences for defendants with previous convictions.Great Pretenders is based on the authors original studies and previously published research and on more than fifty autobiographies of persistent thieves. Shover uses a crime-as-choice framework and a life-course perspective to make sense of important decisions and changes in the lives of persistent thieves. He shows how the working-class origins of most persistent thieves produce both low legitimate and low criminal aspirations, even as those origins leave them ill equipped to exploit comparatively safe, lucrative, and newer forms of criminal opportunity.In this book Shover describes how many persistent thieves and hustlers identify with crime and pursue a lifestyle of life as party in which their choices alternately are made in contexts of drug-using hedonism or desperation. Their estimates of the likely payoffs from crime are severely distorted, and most give little thought to possible arrest. As they get older, however, persistent thieves make qualitative changes in the crimes they commit, and many eventually stop committing crimes altogether.The author highlights some unintended consequences of harsh crime control measures and raises critical questions about the one-size-fits-all approach to crime of recent decades.

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Over 100 beautiful photographs, nearly half in color, illustrate the simplicity of the Cistercian monasteries, which rebelled against the contemporary Romanesque style by replacing gargoyles and fantastic beasts with geometric patterns and stylized foliage. Essays on the foundation and principles of the order, architecture and design, the monastic practices, and the history of the order wander among the photographs.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Great Pretenders is based on the authors original studies and previously published research and on more than fifty autobiographies of persistent thieves. Shover uses a crime-as-choice framework and a life-course perspective to make sense of important decisions and changes in the lives of persistent thieves.

Synopsis:

Great Pretenders is based on the authors original studies and previously published research and on more than fifty autobiographies of persistent thieves. Shover uses a crime-as-choice framework and a life-course perspective to make sense of important decisions and changes in the lives of persistent thieves.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 197-211) and index.

About the Author

Neal Shover is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813328119
Author:
Shover, Neal
Publisher:
Westview Press
Location:
Boulder, Colo. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Crime and criminals
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Thieves
Subject:
Burglary
Subject:
Thieves -- United States.
Subject:
Burglary -- United States -- Case studies.
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Crime & Society
Series Volume:
45
Publication Date:
19960631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 13 oz

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Great Pretenders is based on the authors original studies and previously published research and on more than fifty autobiographies of persistent thieves. Shover uses a crime-as-choice framework and a life-course perspective to make sense of important decisions and changes in the lives of persistent thieves.
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Great Pretenders is based on the authors original studies and previously published research and on more than fifty autobiographies of persistent thieves. Shover uses a crime-as-choice framework and a life-course perspective to make sense of important decisions and changes in the lives of persistent thieves.
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