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The Creation of Dangerous Violent Criminals


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Foreword to the Transaction Edition by Richard Rhodes vii

Introduction to the Transaction Edition by Lonnie Athens xiii

Acknowledgments xxvii

1. Dangerous Violent Criminals 1

2. The Key to the Creation of Dangerous Violent Criminals 7

3. The Research Rationale and Strategy 17

4. Stage One: Brutalization: Violent Subjugation 25

5. Stage One: Brutalization: Personal Horrification 35

6. Stage One: Brutalization: Violent Coaching 43

7. Stage Two: Belligerency 55

8. Stage Three: Violent Performances 61

9. Stage Four: Virulency 69

10. Theoretical Implications 77

11. Policy Implications 87

Notes 97

Bibliography 101

Afterword to the Transaction Edition by Lonnie Athens 103

Index 155

About the Author

Lonnie H. Athens is a professor of criminal justice at Seton Hall University. He is the author of Domination and Subjugation in Everday Life and Acts of Actors Revisited. He recieved the George Herbert Mead Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction for lifetime achievement.


"The most far-reaching, provocative, and profound analysis of violent conduct to be found in the criminological literature."

-Norman K. Denzin, author of The Research Act

"Represents a profoundly creative and original theoretical contribution, on a par with any other criminological development this century. It is more empirically, methodologically, and theoretically sophisticated than most of the erstwhile 'famous' researches of the 'big names' in the criminological field."

-John M. Johnson, Symbolic Interaction

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