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CRIME AND THE AMERICAN DREAM is the seminal work in a major segment of criminological theory by Steven Messner and Richard Rosenfeld, both highly respected scholars and researchers. This is a theory book that students will actually understand, with a very clear and accessible writing style. The foundation of the book is institutional anomie theory (an offshoot of Mertonian anomie theory), which the authors posit helps explain why America's over-emphasis on the pursuit of materialistic gain contributes to the country's high rate of violent crime.

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The authors continue their sociological perspective in this new edition as they explore why the US has exceptionally high levels of serious crime, and formulate an explanation. They argue the crime rates in the US are an outcome of the cultural and structural organization of American society, with its overwhelming emphasis on monetary success and its disappearing emphasis on gaining that success in a legal and moral manner. They believe society in the US is literally organized for crime, that serious crime in America is not taken as seriously as it should, particularly white-collar crime, and that the value foundation of the American dream can be said to be more of a fetish. They close with ideas about crime reduction through social reorganization and moving toward a mature society.
Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The authors continue their sociological perspective in this new edition as they explore why the US has exceptionally high levels of serious crime, and formulate an explanation. They argue the crime rates in the US are an outcome of the cultural and structural organization of American society, with its overwhelming emphasis on monetary success and its disappearing emphasis on gaining that success in a legal and moral manner. They believe society in the US is literally organized for crime, that serious crime in America is not taken as seriously as it should, particularly white-collar crime, and that the value foundation of the American dream can be said to be more of a fetish. They close with ideas about crime reduction through social reorganization and moving toward a mature society. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

How has America's over-emphasis on the pursuit of materialistic gain contributed to the it's high rate of violent crime? CRIME AND THE AMERICAN DREAM is an easy-to-understand book that offers clear coveral of criminological theory, using institutional anomie theory as a foundation.

About the Author

Steven F. Messner is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has taught at Columbia University and Nankai University in the People's Republic of China. His research has focused primarily on the relationship between features of social organization and violent crime rates. His other books include PERSPECTIVES ON CRIME AND DEVIANCE, (with Allen E. Liska), THEORETICAL INTEGRATION IN THE STUDY OF DEVIANCE AND CRIME, (with Marvin D. Krohn and Allen E. Liska), and CRIME AND SOCIAL CONTROL IN A CHANGING CHINA (with Jianhong Liu and Lening Zhang). Dr. Messner has also authored numerous articles and book chapters on the topic of criminal violence and is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology. Richard Rosenfeld is a Curators Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a past President of the American Society of Criminology. He has written several articles on violent crime, crime statistics, and crime control policy, and his current research focuses on explaining changes in crime rates over time. He is an ASC Fellow and has served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Law and Justice.

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. A Society Organized for Crime. 2. By Any Means Necessary: Serious Crime in America. 3. Ships in the Night: Theoretical Perspectives in Contemporary Criminology. 4. Culture, Institutional Structure, and Crime. 5. Strengthening Social Institutions and Rethinking the American Dream. References. Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780534619589
Author:
Messner, Steven F.
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Author:
Rosenfeld, Richard
Author:
Messner, Steven F.(Steven F. Messner)
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Criminal Procedure
Subject:
Crime-Criminology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
4
Series:
Wadsworth Series in Criminological Theory
Publication Date:
March 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.16x6.38x.35 in. .55 lbs.

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