Criminology: Explaining Crime and Its Context

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Criminology: Explaining Crime and Its Context

Criminology: Explaining Crime and Its Context book

Abstract

In defining crime and criminology, these initial chapters draw attention to three important issues that should be kept in mind throughout the remainder of the book. First is the relativity of crime. What is considered a crime varies by time, place, and who is doing the defining. Examination of crime in the context of diverse cultures from around the world illustrates, perhaps most vividly, the importance of the concept of relativity in understanding crime and deviance. In that sense criminology is inherently cross-cultural. While the focus within the book is more on U.S. criminological thought, material from a range of cultures is included to bolster a broader understanding of crime, deviance and social control. It turns out that the relativity of crime is a fruitful concept for understanding the continual redefinition of crime within our own cultures.

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