Discovery of Hidden Crime: Self-Report Delinquency Surveys in Criminal Policy Context

Hardcover | November 13, 2011

byJanne Kivivuori

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Discovery of Hidden Crime presents a history of the self-report crime survey as a method of criminological inquiry, describing how it was born within a distinct moral framework by pioneers out to show that crime was very prevalent and, therefore, normal. This books recounts how, during the 1930s and 1940s, a handful of US criminologists discovered the method of the self-report delinquency survey - a method used to ask people directly about their crimes. Previously, criminologists had to rely on official statistics produced by the police and othercontrol authorities; their studies were therefore constrained by the 'official control barrier', which perpetuated the notion that crime was linked to the lowest social strata and/or to psychological abnormality. By confronting the domination of psychiatrists and psychologists in the study of crime,criminologists began to challenge the punitive attitudes of society; thus, exposing the so-called white collar offenders and alerting people to see crime as something that could also be found among the middle and upper classes.Expounding both the history of that discovery and its implications for criminological work, past and present, this book offers a fascinating perspective on how criminology has developed, and how it continues to advance amid the twin pressures of facts and policy goals.

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Discovery of Hidden Crime presents a history of the self-report crime survey as a method of criminological inquiry, describing how it was born within a distinct moral framework by pioneers out to show that crime was very prevalent and, therefore, normal. This books recounts how, during the 1930s and 1940s, a handful of US criminologist...

Janne Kivivuori studied sociology at the University of Helsinki where he received his PhD in 1994. Since 2000 he has been the Research Director of the criminological unit of Finland's National Research Institute of Legal Policy. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki. His re...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:November 13, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199639191

ISBN - 13:9780199639199

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Key Concepts3. Contours of the Battlefield4. Discovery of Hidden Crime5. Deployment of Hidden Crime Studies in the Nordic Area6. Concluding Discussion