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The Many Colors of Crime

Inequalities of Race, Ethnicity and Crime in America (New Perspectives in Crime, Deviance, and Law)

By Ruth D. Peterson (Edited by), Lauren J. Krivo (Edited by), John Hagan (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 430 pages
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Published In: United States, 01 August 2006
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"With a distinguished cast of scholars, this book makes a major contribution to the field in its framing of a very complex social problem."
— Simon I. Singer, author of "Recriminalizing Delinquency: Violent Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice Reform"

"The most comprehensive treatment to date of the relationship between race, ethnicity, and crime. This collection will be valuable to practitioners and criminological theorists alike because it contains vast amounts of data on the topic, then orders and interprets these data with a strong socio-historical lens, enhanced by a comparative perspective."
— Troy Duster, author of Backdoor to Eugenics

"Shines a new, critical light on race, ethnicity, crime and justice. The text pushes us to consider how these terms are defined, what's missing from our conventional analyses and ultimately why and how race matters in discussions of justice."
— Katheryn Russell-Brown, author of "The Color of Crime: Racial Hoaxes, White Fear, Black Protectionism, Police Harassment, and Other Macroaggressions"

"The editors have assembled a stellar group of scholars and researchers and what one discovers in these chapters is innovative conceptualization, and creative research using mixed methods. The problem of race/ethnicity, crime, and justice looms large in America and this collection is a must read for those seeking a better understanding of the latest research in this critical area of inquiry and the many unanswered questions that future research must address."
— John H. Laub, co-author of "Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys toAge 70"

In this authoritative volume, race and ethnicity are themselves considered as central organizing principles in why, how, where and by whom crimes are committed and enforced. The contributors argue that dimensions of race and ethnicity condition the very laws that make certain behaviors criminal, the perception of crime and those who are criminalized, the determination of who becomes a victim of crime under which circumstances, the responses to laws and crime that make some more likely to be defined as criminal, and the ways that individuals and communities are positioned and empowered to respond to crime.

Contributors: Eric Baumer, Lydia Bean, Robert D. Crutchfield, Stacy De Coster, Kevin Drakulich, Jeffrey Fagan, John Hagan, Karen Heimer, Jan Holland, Diana Karafin, Lauren J. Krivo, Charis E. Kubrin, Gary LaFree, Toya Z. Like, Ramiro Martinez, Jr., Ross L. Matsueda, Jody Miller, Amie L. Nielsen, Robert O'Brien, Ruth D. Peterson, Alex R. Piquero, Doris Marie Provine, Nancy Rodriguez, Wenona Rymond-Richmond, Robert J. Sampson, Carla Shedd, Elizabeth Trejos-Castillo, Avelardo Valdez, Alexander T. Vazsonyi, Mara B. Vlez, Geoff K. Ward, Valerie West, Vernetta Young, Marjorie S. Zatz.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction1 Cultural Mechanisms and Killing FieldsPart I Constructs and Conceptual Approaches2 Conceptualizing Race and Ethnicity in Studies of Crime and Criminal Justice 3 Demythologizing the "Criminalblackman"4 Race and the Justice WorkforcePart II Populations and Intersectionalities5 Toward an Understanding of the Lower Rates of Homicide in Latino versus Black Neighborhoods6 Extending Ethnicity and Violence Research in a Multiethnic City7 Crime and Deviance in the "Black Belt"8 Crime at the Intersections9 Race, Inequality, and Gender ViolencePart III Contexts and Settings10 Is the Gap between Black and White Arrest RatesNarrowing? 11 Race, Labor Markets, and Neighborhood Violence 12 Drug Markets in Minority Communities13 Perceptions of Crime and Safety in Racially and Economically Distinct Neighborhoods14 Neighborhood, Race, and the Economic Consequences of Incarceration in New York City,1985-1996 Part IV Mechanisms and Processes15 Creating Racial Disadvantage16 Transforming Communities: Formal and Informal Mechanisms of Social Control 17 Toward a Developmental and Comparative Con?ictTheory of Race, Ethnicity, and Perceptions of Criminal Injustice18 Race and Neighborhood Codes of ViolenceBibliography Contributors Index

About the Author

Ruth D. Peterson is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Criminal Justice Research Center at Ohio State University. She is co-editor of Crime and Inequality. Lauren J. Krivo is Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Criminal Justice Research Center at Ohio State University. John Hagan is John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law at Northwestern University. He is the author of numerous books, including Northern Passage: The Lives of American Vietnam War Resisters in Canada.

Reviews

"With a dedicated focus on race and ethnicity, and through an examination of heretofore neglected groups (e.g., Haitian immigrants and rural blacks), the authors both broaden and deepen our understanding of the influence of race and ethnicity, often surprising us with their results... The editors have assembled an impressive group of contributors who bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the table and also remind us how time-tested constructs such as social disorganization, informal social control, and the culture of violence can be applied in ways that allow us to learn something new about race, ethnicity, and crime... The Many Colors of Crime is an important book not only for criminologists but also for those with an interest in race and ethnicity generally. -American Journal of Sociology"The volumes devotion to establishing comparative studies of racial and ethnic groups and to acknowledging regional and temporal variances yields productive insights into structural and social inequalities in the United States. -Journal of American Studies"With a distinguished cast of scholars, this book makes a major contribution to the field in its framing of a very complex social problem." --Simon I. Singer, author of Recriminalizing Delinquency : Violent Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice Reform"The most comprehensive treatment to date of the relationship between race, ethnicity, and crime. This collection will be valuable to practitioners and criminological theorists alike because it contains vast amounts of data on the topic, then orders and interprets these data with a strong socio-historical lens, enhanced by a comparative perspective." --Troy Duster, author of Backdoor to Eugenics"Shines a new, critical light on race, ethnicity, crime and justice. The text pushes us to consider how these terms are defined, what's missing from our conventional analyses and ultimately why and how race matters in discussions of justice." --Katheryn Russell-Brown, author of The Color of Crime: Racial Hoaxes, White Fear, Black Protectionism, Police Harassment, and Other Macroaggressions"The editors have assembled a stellar group of scholars and researchers and what one discovers in these chapters is innovative conceptualization, and creative research using mixed methods. The problem of race/ethnicity, crime, and justice looms large in America and this collection is a must read for those seeking a better understanding of the latest research in this critical area of inquiry and the many unanswered questions that future research must address." --John H. Laub, co-author of Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys to Age 70

EAN: 9780814767207
ISBN: 0814767206
Publisher: New York University Press
Dimensions: 22.81 x 15.29 x 1.98 centimetres (0.59 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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