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Race and Crime
A Text/Reader



June 2011 | 504 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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Race and Crime: A Text Reader includes a collection of recent articles on race and crime published in a number of leading criminal justice journals, along with original textual material that serves to explain and unify the readings. Through discussion of selected articles, numerous topics are explored, including the historical, social, economic and political contexts of race and crime, such as class, gender, comparative perspectives, justice issues, theories and statistics.

 
Foreword
 
Preface and Introduction
 
How to Read a Research Article
 
SECTION ONE: Overview of Race, Ethnicity and Crime
Section Highlights  
The Concepts of Race and Ethnicity  
Prejudice and Discrimination  
Race and Crime in American History  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Discussion Questions  
Web Resources  
 
Readings:
The History of Native Americans and the Misdirected Study of Organized Crime, by Jane Dickson-Gilmore and Michael Woodiwiss  
Race as Class, by Herbert J. Glans  
Marginalized White Ethnicity, Race and Crime, by Colin Webster  
 
SECTION TWO: Extent of Crime and Victimization
Section Highlights  
Sources of Crime and Victimization Statistics  
Limitations of Crime, Arrest, and Victimization Statistics  
Race and the Extent of Crime and Victimization  
Race and Victimization  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Discussion Questions  
Web Resources  
 
Readings:
Intimate Partner Homicide: Review and Implications of Research and Policy, by Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Nancy Glass, Phyllis W. Sharps, Kathryn Laughon, and Tina Bloom  
Exploring Bystander Presence and Intervention in Nonfatal Violent Victimization: When Does Helping Really Help? by Timothy C. Hart and Terance D. Miethe  
Co-offending and the Age-Crime Curve, by Lisa Stolzenberg and Stewart J. D'Alessio  
 
SECTION THREE: Theoretical Perspectives on Race and Crime
Section Highlights  
What Is Theory?  
Biological Theories on Race and Crime  
Sociological Theories on Race and Crime  
Social Disorganization  
Collective Efficacy  
Strain/Anomie Theory  
General Strain Theory  
The Colonial Model  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Discussion Questions  
Web Resources  
 
Readings:
Are Hispanics the New "Threat"? Minority Group Threat and Fear of Crime in Miami-Dade County, by David Eitle and John Taylor  
Do Theories of Crime or Violence Explain Race Differences in Delinquency? by Richard B. Felson, Glenn Deane, and David P. Armstrong  
A General Strain Theory of Racial Differences in Criminal Offending, by Joanne M. Kaufman, Cesar J. Rebellon, Sherod Thaxton, and Robert Agnew  
Racial Discriminaton and Hirschi's Criminological Classic: A Chapter in the Sociology of Knowledge, by James D. Unnever, Francis T. Cullen, Scott A. Mathers, Timothy E. McClure, and Marisa C. Allison  
 
SECTION FOUR: Juvenile Justice
Section Highlights  
Overview of the Juvenile Justice System  
Race and Juvenile Justice  
Race, Juvenile Crime, and Victimization  
Delinquency Prevention  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Discussion Questions  
Web Resources  
 
Readings:
Disproportionate Minority Confinement of Juveniles: A National Examination of Black-White Disparity in Placements, 1997-2006, by Jaya Davis and Jon R. Sorensen  
Things Are Tough All Over: Race, Ethnicity, Class, and School Discipline, by Aaron Kupchik  
The Provision and Completion of Gender-Specific Services for Girls on Probation: Variation by Race and Ethnicity, by Angela M. Wolf, Juliette Graziano, and Christopher Hartney  
 
SECTION FIVE: Policing
Section Highlights  
Overview of Policing in America  
History of Policing  
Race and Policing  
Contemporary Issues in Race and Policing  
Racial Profiling  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Discussion Questions  
Web Resources  
 
Readings:
An Inquiry Into the Impact of Suspect Race on Police Use of Tasers, by Jacinta M. Gau, Clayton Mosher, and Travis C. Pratt  
Lessons of the Street Code: Policy Implications for Reducing Violent Victimization Among Disadvantaged Citizens, by Eric A. Stewart, Christopher J. Schreck, and Rod K. Brunson  
Racial Bias in Case Processing: Does Victim Race Affect Police Clearance of Violent Crime Incidents? by Terrance J. Taylor, David Holleran, and Volkan Topalli  
 
SECTION SIX: Courts and Sentencing
Section Highlights  
Overview of American Courts and Sentencing  
Contemporary Issues on Race and Courts  
Contemporary Issues in Race and Sentencing  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Discussion Questions  
Web Resources  
 
Readings:
Race-Based Judgments, Race-Neutral Justifications: Experimental Examination of Peremptory Use and the Batson Challenge Procedure, by Samuel R. Sommers and Michael I. Norton  
Race Effects of Representation Among Federal Court Workers: Does Black Workforce Representation Reduce Sentencing Disparities? by Amy Farrell, Geoff Ward, and Daniel Rousseau  
Punishing the "Model Minority": Asian-American Criminal Sentencing Outcomes in Federal District Courts, by Brian D. Johnson and Sara Betsinger  
 
SECTION SEVEN: The Death Penalty
Section Highlights  
Overview of Race and the Death Penalty  
Significant Death Penalty Cases  
Current Statistics on the Death Penalty  
Public Opinion and the Death Penalty  
Wrongful Convictions  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Discussion Questions  
Web Resources  
 
Readings:
Hispanics and the Death Penalty: Discriminatory Charging Practices in San Joaquin County, California, by Catherine Lee  
Governing Through Crime as Commonsense Racism: Race, Space, and Death Penalty "Reform" in Delaware, by Benjamin D. Fleury-Steiner, Kerry Dunn, and Ruth Fleury-Steiner  
Persuasion and Resistance: Race and the Death Penalty in America, by Mark Peffley and Jon Hurwitz  
 
SECTION EIGHT: Corrections
Section Highlights  
Overview of Corrections  
Race and Corrections in Historical Context  
Racial Disparities in Corrections  
Prisoner Reentry  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Discussion Questions  
Web Resources  
 
Readings:
The Racialization of Crime and Punishment: Criminal Justice, Color-Blind Racism, and the Political Economy of the Prison Industrial Complex, by Rose M. Brewer and Nancy A. Heitzig  
The Role of Offender Risk Assessment: A Policy Maker Guide, by Edward J. Latessa and Brian Lovins  
The Black Family and Mass Incarceration, by Bruce Western and Christopher Wildeman  
 
Glossary
 
Appendix: Race and Crime Timeline
 
Credits and Sources
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Authors

A comprehensive look at wide ranging issues concerning 'race' and crime.
While the focus in on the US, the texts are still relevant to study in relation to the UK.

Mr Matthew Scandrett
(FSSH) Criminology , London Metropolitan University
March 9, 2015

Green provides a very useful and well-written account of the relationship between race and crime. This book is an excellent supplementary aid to the study of Crime and Deviance, as part of AQA A-level Sociology.

Mr Dennis Hamilton
Humanities, Bournville College of Further Education
October 31, 2012

I used it in my CRIJ 5340 Race and Crime Class. It is an excellent reader with cogent, thought-provoking articles on the relevance of race in the contemporary criminal justice system. It is a must read for students and academics alike.

Ray Von Robertson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Lamar University

Dr Ray Robertson
Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice, Lamar University
June 8, 2012

This book provides a good blend of theories and statistics unfortunately the stats are American.

Mrs Rebecca Watson
Social Sciences, The University of Northampton
May 1, 2012

As supplemental text to the original text by the same author- Helen Taylor Greene.

Professor Victor ANYANWU
Criminal Justice, American Intercontinental University
November 21, 2011

An extremely well thought out book which approaches the aspects of race and crime from many dimensions. Because it is laid out logically it is easy for students to comprehend and the additional discussion questions after each chapter assist with the overall utilisation of the book

Mrs Fiona Porter
Dept of Social Sciences & Humanities, Bradford University
July 12, 2011

This is an excellent text which addresses a wide range of key topics. The text is accessible to undergraduate students and is of an excellent quality. It is good for students to be using a text like this which provides more scope in being a reader. I will be recommending this is a text within the 'Crime and Society' module at year 1 and 'Citizenship and Identity' at year 2 as a supplementary read for those students examining identity in relation to race and crime.

Miss Laura Firth
Public Services, Runshaw College
June 28, 2011

Not adopting as required text but am referring to it for augmentation to current social problems text.

Is great book. This is second copy for adjunct faculty to use as they see fit!

Ms Kathleen Holmes
Social Science Division, Darton College
May 17, 2011

Not adopting as required text but am referring to it for augmentation to current social problems text.

Is great book.

Ms Kathleen Holmes
Social Science Division, Darton College
May 17, 2011

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