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Crime and Everyday Life


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Preface to the Sixth Edition Acknowledgments About the Authors 1. Eight Fallacies About Crime The Dramatic Fallacy The Cops-and-Courts Fallacy The Not-Me Fallacy The Innocent-Youth Fallacy The Ingenuity Fallacy The Formally Organized Crime Fallacy The Big Gang Fallacy The Agenda Fallacy Conclusion Main Points Projects and Challenges Endnotes 2. The Chemistry for Crime Risky Settings Stages of a Criminal Act First Three Elements of a Criminal Act Eck's Crime Triangle Predatory Crimes Calming the Waters and Looking After Places Hot Products The General Chemistry of Crime Conclusion Main Points Projects and Challenges Endnotes 3. Offenders Make Decisions The Decision to Commit a Crime How Violence Erupts Conclusion Main Points Projects and Challenges Endnotes 4. Bringing Crime to You Stages in the History of Everyday Life Life and Crime in the Convergent City Crime and the Divergent Metropolis Crime in the Cyber Age Conclusion Main Points Projects and Challenges Endnotes 5. Teenage Crime Muscles, Babies, and the Historical Role for Youths Modern Role for Youths Hour-for-Hour Risks Time With Peers Parental Efforts to Delay Peer Dominance Conclusion Main Points Projects and Challenges Endnotes 6. Big Gang Theory Defining Gang Crimes Big Gang Theory Confusion About Gangs The Reason for a Gang Conclusion Main Points Projects and Challenges Endnotes 7. How Crime Multiplies Crime Multipliers Moving Stolen Goods Conclusion Main Points Projects and Challenges Endnotes 8. Situational Crime Prevention Four Natural Experiments Crime Analysis Today Diverse Applications of Situational Crime Prevention Conclusion Main Points Projects and Challenges Endnotes 9. Local Design Against Crime Securing Communities The Offender-Target Convergence Process Seven Studies in Reducing Local Crime Conclusion Main Points Projects and Challenges Endnotes 10. The Age of Exposure Organizational Exposure Crimes of Specialized Access Electronic Exposures Technological Leaps and Cultural Lags Conclusion Endnotes Index

About the Author

Marcus Felson is the originator of the routine activity approach and of Crime and Everyday Life. He has also authored Crime and Nature, and serves as professor at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He has a B.A. from University of Chicago, an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and has received the 2014 Honoris Causa from the Universidad Miguel Hernandez in Spain. Professor Felson has been given the Ronald Clarke Award by the Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis group, and the Paul Tappan Award of the Western Society of Criminology. He has been a guest lecturer in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, and Switzerland. He has applied routine activity thinking to many topics, including theft, violence, child molestation, white-collar crime, and corruption. Mary A. Eckert has an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from New York University. Her B.A. is from the College of New Rochelle. Dr. Eckert has devoted an active career to applied research in criminal justice and program evaluation. She served as research director of the New York City Criminal Justice Agency, Inc., where she authored many research reports and guided that agency's diverse research agenda, including work on pretrial risk assessment, court-case processing, and evaluating alternative-to-incarceration programs. She also worked for the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, with a special focus on statistical evaluation of vehicle stops to assist the New Jersey State Police in reducing the potential for racial profiling. Her work has been recognized by the New York Association of Pretrial Service Agencies and the State of New Jersey. She has been an adjunct professor at New York University, Montclair State University, and Texas State University.


"A brief easy-to-read book on crime and crime prevention based on the routine activity approach and opportunity theory." -- Ellen G. Cohn, Ph.D.
"A concise, intuitive, and well-written book that could be used as a text in crime analysis courses or as a supplementary reading in course such as criminology or nature of crime." -- Daniel Osborne

"This is a well-written textbook, providing information on how to effectively reduce crime. I love the way the text is structured and the examples used to support material covered in each chapter. The text is well-written, easy for students to follow, and overall, just an interesting text."

-- James L. Wright

"Crime and Everyday Life is a text with a down-to-earth approach to crime causation and crime prevention. The book is relatable to students interested in pursuing careers in law enforcement, social work, counseling, teaching, urban planning, and many other professions not typically thought of as being related to crime."

-- Luis F. Nuno

"It's very accessible to a wide array of students."

-- Michael S. Barton

"This text is fun to read-it's seamless, light, and readable while remaining the most informative text out there for around two decades. Material in this text sticks with students. I've said it for years, this is the one book criminal justice students must read."

-- Shawna Cleary

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