International Handbook of Victimology

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Shlomo Giora Shoham, Paul Knepper, Martin Kett
CRC Press, Feb 23, 2010 - Law - 732 pages
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In the nearly four decades since the First International Symposium on Victimology convened in Jerusalem in 1973, some concepts and themes have continued to hold a prominent place in the literature, while new ones have also emerged. Exploring enduring topics such as conceptions of victimhood, secondary and hidden victimization, and social services for victims along with more recent issues, the International Handbook of Victimology provides an interdisciplinary study of the topic from a diverse range of professionals on the cutting edge of victimology research.

Forty experts from top research facilities and universities around the world provide input on the traditional longstanding issues that surround the field of victimology and explore newer themes such as restorative justice, the use of government-sponsored crime victimization surveys, compensation and restitution schemes, and victims’ rights legislation. The second in a trilogy of volumes, this handbook examines victimology from criminology, sociology, psychology, law, and philosophy perspectives. Topics discussed include:

  • Theoretical and historical frameworks used in the study of victimology
  • Advances in research methods, including GIS technology
  • Patterns of victimization, including drug- sex-, and work-related
  • Responses to victimization by the victim and society
  • Restorative justice issues
  • Victimization as it occurs in various social divisions
  • Describing current research and identifying new ideas and topics of concern, the book collectively presents the “state-of-the-art” of the field today. In doing so, it helps to inform contemporary understanding of an eternal societal plague.

    Those wishing to continue their studies should consult the International Handbook of Criminology and the International Handbook of Penology and Criminal Justice, which complete the trilogy.


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    Chapter 1 Becoming a Victim
    Chapter 2 The Meaning of Justice for Victims
    Sixty Years of Victimology a Retrospective and Prospective Look
    Chapter 4 History and a Theoretical Structure of Victimology
    Research Methods in Victimology
    A Fresh Look
    Chapter 6 Key Victimological Findings from the International Crime Victims Survey
    A Geographic Information Systems GIS Analysis
    Chapter 15 Victim Services in the United States
    Understanding Its Origins and Consequences
    Restorative Justice
    VictimOffender Relationships in a Transitions Context
    Chapter 18 Death of a Metaphor?
    Chapter 19 The Healing Nature of Apology and Its Contribution toward Emotional Reparation and Closure in Restorative Justice Encounters
    Chapter 20 Exploring the Effects of Restorative Justice on Crime Victims for Victims of Conflict in Transitional Societies
    Victims and Social Divisions

    Section III Patterns of Victimization
    Chapter 8 Secondary Victims and Secondary Victimization
    Chapter 9 Drugs and Alcohol in Relation to Crime and Victimization
    Gender Myths and Consequences
    Chapter 11 Occupational Victimization
    Chapter 12 Tourism and Victimization
    Section IV Responses to Criminal Victimization
    Chaper 13 Victims and Criminal Justice in Europe
    Crime Victims in Israel
    Chapter 21 The Hidden Violent Victimization of Women
    Chapter 22 Images of Criminality Victimization and Disability
    Mental Health Outcomes and Psychological Legal and Restorative Interventions
    An Overview of Theory Research and Practice
    Chapter 25 The Idea of the Crime Victim as a Trojan Horse in the Swedish Social Services Act
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    Shlomo G. Shoham is Professor of Law and an interdisciplinary lecturer at Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University, and is a world-renowned criminologist who has published more than 100 books and about 1,000 articles on crime, deviance, philosophy, religion, psychology, and the human personality. Over the years, he has developed his innovative personality theory, a highly appraised new theory of personality development. In 2003, Professor Shoham was awarded the Israel Prize for research in criminology. Previously, he was awarded the Sellin-Glueck Award, the highest prize in American criminology, and recently the prestigious Emet Prize. He is the recipient of a decoration from the prime minister of France. Professor Shoham has lectured all over the world and has been a resident at the universities of Oxford, Harvard, and the Sorbonne. Paul Knepper is Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffi eld, and Visiting Professor, Institute of Criminology, University of Malta. His research has explored sociopolitical definitions of race, conceptual foundations of crime prevention, and historical origins of contemporary responses to crime. Martin Kett is a self-employed technical writer and translator. He received a BSc in mathematics and statistics from Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

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