Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 236 x 156 x 16 mm
'This book on retaliation in the criminal underworld is very innovative in the way that it incorporates lived experiences from active offenders and criminals. ... an engaging addition to criminology, and, in particular, for those interested in the areas of victimology and cultural criminology. For me, it specifically feeds into the increasing research with a 'gang gaze'. I welcome more controversial studies of this type, which are not overly policy driven yet advance understanding in the field.' Sociology
"What do criminals do when they become victims? Surprisingly, criminologists have never systematically addressed this simple but important question until now. Drawing on a sample of active street criminals, male and female, Jacobs and Wright reveal the powerful attractions of aggressive retaliation for those to whom law is effectively unavailable. What the legal system records as a "homicide," an "assault," an "arson"or a "theft" is often, on the ground, an act of justice exacted by an indignant victim of wrongdoing. Yet for all its appeal, retaliation poses taxing challenges and is never automatic, resulting, rather, in a complex and varied set of street-level behaviors. Impressively researched, elegantly written, and filled with striking cases and arresting quotes, this book provides a vivid portrait of the myriad and ingenious ways that people embroiled in illegal activity get even. Scholars and students alike will benefit from the light that Jacobs and Wright shine on this long- neglected corner of criminal reality." -Mark Cooney, University of Georgia
"Street Justice: Retaliation in the Criminal Underworld makes important contributions to the limited literature in this area. The interviews and quoted material are rich and interesting, and the conceptual frameworks advance the field." -Bruce Johnson, National Development and Research Institutes
"Drawing on more than 50 interviews with active street criminals, Jacobs and Wright have produced a groundbreaking study of the sources, manifestations, and consequences of criminal retaliation. No researcher who studies violence, punishment, or deterrence can ignore this important work. The book offers riveting descriptions of street vengeance that suggest uncomfortable parallels with the "get tough" movement in formal criminal justice. The last thing we should want to do is make the horrific conditions of life described in these pages even more violent than they already are. A deeply fascinating and disturbing account of the criminal underworld." -Richard Rosenfeld, University of Missouri St. Louis
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