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Crime and Nature

Crime and Nature

March 2006 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Crime and Nature, written by the always innovative and original Marcus Felson, is the first text to provide students with a unique, new perspective for thinking about crime and how modern society can reduce crime's ecosystem and limit its diversity.

Key Features

  • Connects crime to its larger world: This innovative book shows how crime draws from the larger ecosystem, that is, how offenders hunt for targets and how they depend on one another. Extending crime ecology well beyond other works, this book shows how to help shut off crime opportunities and reduce crime in local areas. An examination of how people defend against crime is also provided.
  • Stimulates critical thinking about crime: Crime feeds off of legal activities, both shady and legitimate. Through a wealth of examples, ranging from racketeering to juvenile street gangs, this book shows criminology students what to look for and how to sort it out. The author uses recent empirical studies to validate the principles presented and draws from a wealth of experience in other fields, always keeping an eye on what every criminologist needs to know.
  • Presents intriguing, useful information in an engaging and unique style: Writing in a warm and personal voice, the author uses an engaging, student-friendly style to build a sophisticated view of crime in small, sure steps. Down-to-earth ideas and examples are presented through concise exhibits.

Intended Audience

This is an excellent supplementary text for a variety of undergraduate courses in criminology and criminal justice, including Criminological Theory, Crime Control and Prevention, Introduction to Criminology, Law and Society, and Social Problems. It will have a lasting impact on present and future criminologists.

List of Exhibits
How to Use This Book
Crime and Life
Crime Defined
Crime's Stages
Crime Within a System
Crime’s Ecosystem
Crime and Supervision
Crime Settings
Crime Habitats
Crime Niches
Crime Competition
Crime Adaptation
Crime's Relationships
Crime Symbiosis
Crime Mutualism
Crime Parasitism
Passive Assistance
Attack and Defense
Foraging Fundamentals
Foraging and Familiarity
Strategic Foraging
Crime’s First Defenses
The Last Line of Defense
The Street Gang Strategy
Classifying Crime
The Struggle for Existence
Crime Ecology Glossary
Appendix A: Main Points From Crime and Everyday Life
Appendix B: Exhibits
About the Author

Very interesting lecture material for my student. I will consider it to incorporate this book in my course.

Ms Soenita Ganpat
Department of Criminology, Leiden University
December 4, 2013
Key features


    1. Variety of information with down to earth ideas and examples is brought to bear to support the author's perspective.
    2. The "crime science" perspective is catching on with the movers and shakers in the field. Consequently, the book will be very timely.
    3. Like Felson's Crime and Everyday Life the book will be accessible with a student-friendly writing style utilizing simple sentences, humor, almost no jargon. Anecdotes will often be used ; a "warm and personal voice. The voice will be slightly more academic than Crime and Everyday Life, appealing to some new audiences.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

For instructors

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