The Roots of Danger: Violent Crime in Global Perspective

Paperback | December 29, 2015

byElliott Currie

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The most striking feature of violent crime around the world is its variability. Some societies are relatively safe and peaceful: in others, violent crime is a pervasive and devastating fact of life.In The Roots of Danger: Violent Crime in Global Perspective, Elliott Currie explores why some societies around the world are more violent than others. Beginning by defining violent crimes and discussing how they are measured, he then presents a variety of theories on the phenomenon of violent crime,first examining those theories that don't work and then looking at those that do. Currie concludes with a look toward the future of violence in the light of social, economic, and political changes that are transforming global society. Throughout the text, he draws examples from around the world,demonstrating similarities in the roots of violence across countries and across cultures.About the Series:Keynotes in Criminology and Criminal Justice, edited by Henry N. Pontell, provides essential knowledge on important contemporary matters of crime, law, and justice to a broad audience of readers. Each volume is written by a leading scholar in that area. Concise, accessible, and affordable, thesetexts are designed to serve either as primers around which courses can be built or as supplemental books for a variety of courses.

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The most striking feature of violent crime around the world is its variability. Some societies are relatively safe and peaceful: in others, violent crime is a pervasive and devastating fact of life.In The Roots of Danger: Violent Crime in Global Perspective, Elliott Currie explores why some societies around the world are more violent t...

Elliott Currie is Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine. Henry N. Pontell is a Distinguished Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:December 29, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190215232

ISBN - 13:9780190215231

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Violence as a Social IssuePART I. DIMENSIONSA. Measuring Violent CrimeB. The Different Worlds of ViolencePART II. EXPLANATIONS1. Explanations That Don't WorkA. GenesB. LeniencyC. DiversityD. Prosperity2. Explanations That WorkA. InequalityB. Marginal WorkC. Weak Social SupportsD. Strained FamiliesE. Harsh and Ineffective Justice SystemsF. Easy Availability of FirearmsConclusion: The Two Futures of Violence

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"The Roots of Danger provides basic information about the pervasiveness of violence and uses an integrated theory to explain violence globally. For an undergraduate elective like Violence, the information herein is what students should leave the class knowing. Currie is not only informed inthe area of violent crime; he is a prudent author who shows respect towards the group most at risk of offending, and has great insight into the struggles of the marginalized." --Angeline Forde, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga