Crime, Abuse and the Elderly

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Routledge, 2000 - Social Science - 191 pages
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This book examines and analyses the experiences of older people as both victims and perpetrators of crime. Drawing upon a wealth of research from British and North American sources, the authors detail the historical experience of the elderly as victims, the extent of present-day criminal victimisation in the home and institutions, the social theories which attempt to explain that experience, and the types of resolution available.

The book also addresses the experiences of elderly people in the criminal justice process - the offences to which they are prone, and the implications for penal policy of an increase in the elderly penal population.

Crime, Abuse and the Elderlybreaks new ground in its focus on the experiences of elderly people as criminal victims in private space, its insistence on a proper engagement of criminology with crimes involving older people, and in its argument that much so-called abuse can be explained criminologically and should be dealt with by the criminal justice system rather than by treatment and welfare agencies. It will be essential reading for students, academics and professionals concerned with the experiences of the elderly.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Abuse Versus Crime in Criminological History
7
2 The Mythologies of Elderly Victimisation
24
3 Stereotyping the Elderly as Victims
37
4 Victimisation in Private and Public Space
48
5 Old People and the Fear of Crime
62
6 Victimisation in Private Space the Household and Care Institutions
76
Gender and the Political Economy of Older People
95
Organisation Power Neutralisation and Labelling
113
Is there an Elderly Crime Wave?
124
Experience of Arrest and Detention
137
11 Conclusion Towards a Criminology of the Elderly?
151
Bibliography
155
Author Index
177
Subject Index
183
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Mike Brogden is an Honorary Professor at the Department of Applied Social Science, University of Lancaster, UK.

Preeti Nijhar is a Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Bangor, UK.

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