Urban Crime, Criminals, and Victims: The Swedish Experience in an Anglo-American Comparative Perspective Cover

Urban Crime, Criminals, and Victims: The Swedish Experience in an Anglo-American Comparative Perspective

ISBN/ASIN: 9781461390794,9781461390770 | 1991 | English | pdf | 271/278 pages | 11.1 Mb
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York | Author: Per-Olof H. Wikström (auth.) | Edition: 1

Crime is largely an urban phenomenon, but the specifically urban and area dimen­ sions of the social processes that are connected with crime have been seriously understated in much recent criminological work … Such a claim could not have been made forty years ago. (Baldwin & Bottoms, 1976, p. 1). The above statement by Baldwin and Bottoms about the neglect in crimi­ nology of the urban dimension of crime was made in the mid-1970s. However, in the last decade there has been a significant upswing in theory and research on crime in the urban environment. Also, new areas oftheory and research into urban crime have come into focus. (For overviews see Brantingham & Brantingham, 1984; Davidson, 1981.) One very good example of the increasing interest in urban crime is the recent volume of Crime and Justice entitled "Communities and Crime" (Reiss & Tonry, 1986), in which Reiss makes a strong argument for the importance of the study of crime in urban communities and for the linking of the ecological and individual traditions in theory and research on crime. A review of the literature on crime in urban environments shows, not unexpectedly, that Anglo-American research heavily dominates the scene (Wikstrom, 1982; 1987b). Hence, much of the experience we have on urban crime is based on North American and British research and theory.

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