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The Mismeasure of Crime

The Mismeasure of Crime

Second Edition

January 2011 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This book addresses the measurement of crime both historically and cross-nationally. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of each data source, the fundamental issues surrounding their accuracy, and the applications of these data in theoretical and policy research.
1. Introduction: The Pervasiveness (and Limitations) of Measurement
2. The History of Measuring Crime
3. Official Crime Data
4. Self-Reporting Studies
5. Victimization Surveys
6. Crime Patterns, Evaluating Crime Policies, and Criminological Theories
About the Authors

Well rounded and easy to read.

Professor F. Gostjev
Sociology Criminal Just Dept, Bridgewater State Univ
August 26, 2015

Very easy to read and understand.

Dr Julie Nikanga
January 13, 2014

meets requirements of class

Ms Deborah Vaughan
Criminal justice, Southside Virginia Community College - Daniel
October 22, 2013

Class was not offered

Professor Drew Neal
Criminal Justice, Career Centers of Texas
April 16, 2013

An excellent book for students which looks at official data, self report, and victimization studies. How the collected data is analyzed and used, and how through human error crime can often be 'mismeasured'.

Miss Frances Jackson
Public Services, Peterborough Regional College
November 4, 2011

I'm only not adopting this text because it would be better suited to a Methods Course. It has great coverage of the issues and processes of data collection, analysis and interpretation. It puts first and foremost the requirement that students recognize that data is problematic and how to deal with issues of reliability and validity, where to find data and how to constructively explore the problematics of crime data and statistics.

Mr Andrew Timleck
Sociology Dept, McDaniel College
December 23, 2010

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