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Crime and Everyday Life
A Brief Introduction

Sixth Edition


October 2018 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Crime and Everyday Life offers a bold approach to crime theory and crime reduction. Using a clear, engaging, and streamlined writing style, the Sixth Edition illuminates the causes of criminal behavior, showing how crime can affect everyone in both small and large ways. Renowned authors Marcus Felson and Mary Eckert then offer realistic ways to reduce or eliminate crime and criminal behavior in specific settings by removing the opportunity to complete the act. Most importantly, this book teaches students how to think about crime, and then do something about it.

 
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
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • The most current crime and victimization statistics are included throughout the text, in addition to new examples of practical application of theory.
  • POP (Problem-Oriented Policing) Center guidelines and citations are incorporated, including Closing Streets and Alleys to Reduce Crime, Speeding in Residential Areas, Robbery of Convenience Stores, and use of the Situational Crime Prevention Evaluation Database.
  • “Projects and Challenges” at the end of each chapter provide readers with the opportunity to reflect and effectively apply the concepts learned.

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • A new chapter (Chapter 10) on the impact of technology on crime defines an “age of exposure,” revealing how large organizations and the internet widen the exposure to crime victimization.
  • An expanded discussion of crime in the cyber age throughout the text, including cultural lag theory, demonstrates how technology can quickly evolve and create complex problems, while society struggles to adjust.
  • Chapters 3 and 4 from the previous edition have been combined to present a cohesive and concise picture of how offenders make decisions.
  • Chapter 5 includes new research and discussions on the influence of adolescent peer groups and the risks of adolescent participation in crime.
  • Chapters 8 and 9 from the previous edition have been combined to reflect the role of moving stolen goods as a crime multiplier.
  • Thoroughly updated references, examples, and data offer students the most up-to-date and relevant information.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Crime Fallacies

Chapter 5: Teenage Crime


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