Seductions of Crime: Moral and Sensual Attractions in Doing Evil

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Basic Books, 1988 - Philosophy - 367 pages
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A chilling exploration of the criminal mind--from juvenile delinquency to cold-blooded murder. Drawing on studies of offenders and victims, self-reports and autobiographies, narratve reconstructions of crime scenes, and famous cases, this brilliant and shocking book will forever revolutionize the way we think about crime.
 

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User Review  - Dana Segev - Goodreads

Katz captures crime like no other criminologist did. I believe it is a must to all criminology students. Read full review

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User Review  - Josh - Goodreads

Must be nice to write unfalsifiable theory. Generally though, takes an interesting look at the proximate causes of crime. Compelling in parts, confusing in others, it was overall an ok read. Read full review

Contents

Righteous Slaughter
12
Sneaky Thrills
52
Ways of the Badass
80
Street Elites
114
Doing Stickup
164
Action Chaos and Control Persisting with Stickup
195
Of Hardmen and Bad Niggers Gender and Ethnicity in the Background of Stickup
237
Primordial Evil Sense and Dynamic in ColdBlooded Senseless Murder
274
Seductions and Repulsions of Crime
310
NOTES
325
INDEX
361
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Page 9 - Central to all these experiences in deviance is a member of the family of moral emotions: humiliation, righteousness, arrogance, ridicule, cynicism, defilement, and vengeance. In each, the attraction that proves to be most fundamentally compelling is that of overcoming a personal challenge to moral — not to material — existence.

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Jack Katz is professor of sociology at UCLA.

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