Crime and the American Dream

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Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1997 - Anomy - 124 pages
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Using the basic ideas, insights, and conceptual tools of sociology, Steven Messner and Richard Rosenfeld present a provocative introduction to alternative ways of thinking about crime. They provide both a comprehensive analysis of the Anomie tradition as well as other existing theories while offering a theoretical perspective to explain the exceptionally high levels of serious crime in the United States. They integrate empirical and quantitative data with ethnographic and qualitative data to provide a succinct discussion of crime and the American dream which should prove both accessible and interesting to students.

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Two sentences. That's how much attention was given to the positive influence the concept of the American Dream has had on our country. Zero words. That's how many were dedicated to explaining why ... Read full review

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Fascinating analysis of American culture and how it is really "organized for crime." Read full review


The Rise Fall and Revival of the Anomie Perspective
WhiteCollar Crimes

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Steven F. Messner is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Richard Rosenfeld is Curators Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. He is past president of the American Society of Criminology and his current research focuses on the impact of the economy and policing on crime.

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