Crime in Ireland 1945-95: Here Be Dragons

Hardcover | July 1, 1997

byJohn D. Brewer, Bill Lockhart, Paula Rodgers

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This book establishes Ireland's unique contribution to criminological research, addressing the effects on crime of its peculiar patterns of industrialization and social change, as well as the effect on ordinary crime of a quarter of a century of civil unrest and terrorism. Crime trends areexplored over a fifty-year period between 1945-95 at the national level for the two countries as a whole, and at a city level for Belfast and Dublin. Trends in specific categories of crime, from murder to rape and drug crime, are also explored over the same period. The book makes a significantcontribution by supplementing statistical material with ethnographic data. It reports on in-depth interview material among residents in two areas of Belfast, one in largely Catholic West Belfast and the other in largely Protestant East Belfast. In these interviews, those questioned speak of theirown experiences of crime, the police, and the paramilitary organizations.

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This book establishes Ireland's unique contribution to criminological research, addressing the effects on crime of its peculiar patterns of industrialization and social change, as well as the effect on ordinary crime of a quarter of a century of civil unrest and terrorism. Crime trends areexplored over a fifty-year period between 1945-...

John Brewer is Professor of Sociology and Head of Department at Queen's University Belfast. He is a well-established scholar with many OUP publications, including Inside the RUC, (1991) and Black and Blue, (1994) and After Soweto. Dr William Lockhart is a chartered forensic psychologist and the Director of EXTERN Organization. He ha...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:284 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:July 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198265700

ISBN - 13:9780198265702

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Part One: IntroductionPart Two: The Quantitative Study of Crime in IrelandPart Three: The Ethnography of Crime in BelfastPart Four: Conclusion

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This work is a welcome contribution to the development of criminology in Ireland. The book offers a useful analysis of patterns and trends in crime. - British Journal of Sociology Vol 50 No 2 1999