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Crime and Nature



April 2006 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Crime has its own ecosystem. Marcus Felson's innovative new text shows how modern society can reduce this ecosystem and limit its biodiversity.

Providing students with a system for thinking about crime, Crime and Nature shows clearly how crime draws from the larger ecosystem - how offenders forage for targets and how they depend on one another. Marcus Felson considers how crime feeds off legal activities and shows how crime ecology can help shut off crime opportunities and reduce crime in local areas.

With a wealth of examples illustrating the concepts discussed, and the author's clear, enjoyable writing style and willingness to take sometimes controversial stances, this textbook keeps students engaged in this original work.

It is accessible for readers at any leve andl delves well beyond introductory materials. It is a timely addition to the 'crime science' literature and is an innovative resource for students and criminologists alike. Pedagogical features, including summaries, cogent exercises and well-chosen charts and tables, make this an excellent text for courses such as Introduction to Criminology, Sociology of Law, Crime and Biology, Social Problems, Crime Theory and Crime Control and Prevention.

 
List of Exhibits
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
How to Use This Book
 
Introduction
 
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
 
Synthesis
 
Classifying Crime
 
The Struggle for Existence
 
Epilogue
 
Crime Ecology Glossary
 
Appendix A: Main Points From Crime and Everyday Life
 
Appendix B: Exhibits
 
Index
 
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

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