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Author Zimring, Franklin E.

Title Crime is not the problem : lethal violence in America / Franklin E. Zimring, Gordon Hawkins
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1997
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 272 pages) : illustrations
Series Studies in crime and public policy
Studies in crime and public policy.
Contents Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- The American difference -- Correlates and causes -- Prevention -- Appendix 1. Explaining distributions of violence versus levels of violence -- Appendix 2. Assault in New York City and London -- Appendix 3. Patterns of three violent crimes in the United States -- Appendix 4. Race and lethal violence: a five-city comparison -- Appendix 5. Studies of mass communications and homicide -- Appendix 6. Drugs and homicide in the District of Columbia: a research note -- References -- Index
Summary This text has three main aims: the first is to show that what separates the USA from other countries is not crime rates but lethal violence. Crimes like burglary and theft are a part of modern urban life worldwide; shootings and stabbings are not - they are particularly American. Why is this so? Secondly, the book seeks to clarify the causes of violence by looking at the proximate causes of deadly violence - guns, violence in the media, drugs and the tradition of lethal violence are all examined. The concluding section of the book concerns the prevention of lethal violence as a priority issue. The authors discuss a range of anti-violence alternatives from change in the criminal law to social and physical environmental factors and social values and attitudes
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-259) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Violence -- United States.
Violent crimes -- United States -- Prevention.
Violent crimes -- United States.
Form Electronic book
Author Hawkins, Gordon, 1919-
ISBN 1280530588
1429404817 (electronic bk.)
9781429404815 (electronic bk.)