In this unique and timely book, two of the world's leading criminologists explore the connections between crime and economic conditions. The authors skilfully draw on influential criminological theories to formulate an original "institutional" perspective. This perspective sheds light on the complex ways in which levels and forms of crime reflect the structure and functioning of the economy in advanced capitalist societies.
The book offers a readable, interesting and accessible analysis, addressing an array of different criminal activities, including:
Crime and the Economy is written with clarity and flair. Technical terms, where used, are fully explained; relevant examples punctuate the discussion; and key points are supported by graphs and diagrams. It is essential reading for undergraduates, graduate students, and academics in criminology and sociology.
Compact Criminology is an exciting series that invigorates and challenges the international field of criminology.
Books in the series are short, authoritative, innovative assessments of emerging issues in criminology and criminal justice - offering critical, accessible introductions to important topics. They take a global rather than a narrowly national approach. Eminently readable and first-rate in quality, each book is written by a leading specialist.
Compact Criminology provides a new type of tool for teaching, learning and research, one that is flexible and light on its feet. The series addresses fundamental needs in the growing and increasingly differentiated field of criminology.
Steven F. Messner is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York.
Through the Looking Glass: The Complex Relationship between Crime and the Economy The Theoretical Toolkit of Contemporary Criminology Bringing in Institutions: Markets, Morality and Crime Understanding the Economic Context of Crime in Capitalist Societies Implications for Policy and Social Change