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In this article, we argue that much racist violence can be understood in terms of unacknowledged shame and its transformation into fury. We use studies by Scheff and Retzinger as a framework for understanding transcripts of interviews with racist offenders from Greater Manchester, UK. We argue...
Moral panics occur when the crime situation is regarded as being abnormal. Whilst previous studies have attributed the widespread anxiety to an allegedly marked increase in the amount of crime, the present one focuses on the effects of its having spread to sectors of the population hitherto...
Labelling theorists have stressed the importance of the first conviction in court as a significant change in an individual's public identity. Being described as a ‘murderer’, ‘thief’, etc. may have different implications for the development of a deviant identity. This paper describes the...
There is some evidence from national newspapers and government reports that the number of gangs and gang members in the United Kingdom is increasing. There are also reports that street gangs are involved in serious and violent offending and sometimes carry guns. In some respects, the picture...
Different notions among researchers about the nature of intimate partner violence have long been the subjects of popular and academic debate. Research findings are contradictory and point in two directions, with some revealing that women are as likely as men to perpetrate violence against an...
If academic criminology currently stands in rude health, this obscures a range of deeply disturbing trends in the content of the discipline. We begin by exploring the recent boom in Home Office funded research in criminology, examining the key theoretical and empirical issues that have been both...
We consider Dr Marchant's criticisms of our systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects of improved street lighting on crime. We conclude that the Birmingham, Bristol and Dudley evaluations did provide evidence that improved lighting caused a decrease in crime. We also find that the...
The major systematic review on street lighting and crime, Home Office Research Study 251, suggests that claims for the effectiveness of lighting against crime are justified. The review at first sight appears to be an appropriate statistical synthesis of all studies on street lighting and crime...
Crime prevention activities vary both in the types of intervention that are deployed (e.g. target hardening, increased surveillance, offender targeting/diversion) and in the levels of activity taking place over time. The latter is best described as the intensity of crime prevention. This paper...
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