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The Resource Random violence : how we talk about new crimes and new victims, Joel Best

Random violence : how we talk about new crimes and new victims, Joel Best

Label
Random violence : how we talk about new crimes and new victims
Title
Random violence
Title remainder
how we talk about new crimes and new victims
Statement of responsibility
Joel Best
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Random Violence is a deft and thought-provoking exploration of the ways we talk about -- and why we worry about -- new crimes and new forms of victimization. Focusing on so-called random crimes such as freeway shootings, gang violence, hate crimes, stalking, and wilding, Joel Best shows how new crime problems emerge and how some quickly fade from public attention while others spread and become enduring subjects of concern. Best's original and incisive argument illuminates the fact that while these crimes are in actuality neither new, nor epidemic, nor random, the language used to describe them nonetheless shapes both private fears and public policies
  • Best scrutinizes the melodramatic quality of the American public's attitudes toward crime, exposing the cultural context for the popularity of "random violence" as a catch-all phrase to describe contemporary crime, and the fallacious belief that violence is steadily rising. He points out that the age, race, and sex of homicide victims reveal that violence is highly patterned
  • Best also details the contemporary ideology of victimization, as well as the social arrangements that create and support a victim industry that can label large numbers of victims. He demonstrates why it has become commonplace to "declare war" on social problems, including drugs, crime, poverty, and cancer, and outlines the complementary influence of media, activists, officials, and experts in institutionalizing crime problems. Intrinsic to all these concerns is the way in which policy choices and outcomes are affected by the language used to describe social problems
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Best, Joel
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6789
LC item number
.B47 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fear of crime
  • Crime
  • Violence
  • Victims of crimes
  • Mass media and crime
  • Crime in mass media
Label
Random violence : how we talk about new crimes and new victims, Joel Best
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-235) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
38573033
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 242 pages
Isbn
9780520215719
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
98006234
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Random violence : how we talk about new crimes and new victims, Joel Best
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-235) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
38573033
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 242 pages
Isbn
9780520215719
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
98006234
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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