When Crime Waves
- Vincent F Sacco - Queen's University, Canada
- Critically examines the phenomenon of crime waves in an engaging fashion
- Provides multiple perspectives via historical and contemporary examples throughout the book
- Delves into the role played by politicians and the media in creating the perception that a crime wave has occured
- Presents themes of myth-making, cultural imagery, and social constructionism
Vincent Sacco is a professor in the department of sociology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. His research interests are in criminology and urban sociology, which relate to the study of criminology, as well as the study of public perceptions of and reactions to crime. In approaching criminology, his work emphasizes the study of "criminal events" and investigates why some people are more likely to be victimized by crime; when and where crimes occur; and what contributes to the views on crime held by the police, lawmakers, and members of the general public.
"Vincent Sacco has written and intriguing little book on the complex phenomenon called "crime waves." Relying primarily on case studies and historical accounts, he paints a fascinating picture of crime waves as they are constructed and perceived by society. The ultimate value of Sacco's book may be that it helps one to appreciate the futility of simple, quick-fix solutions to complex, of even worse, illusory problems. This is a very readable and engaging work aimed at undergraduate students in the social sciences."
This text will be useful to students in understanding the context of what they do, particuarly those working in the field of policing/ criminal justice.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1. What Are Crime Waves?
Chapter 3. Crime Waves By the Numbers