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The book critiques existing psychological and sociological theories before outlining a more adequate understanding of the criminal offender. It sheds new light on a series of crimes—rape, serial murder, racial harassment, ‘jack-rolling’ (mugging of drunks), domestic violence—and contemporary criminological issues such as fear of crime, cognitive-behavioral interventions and restorative justice. Authors David Gadd and Tony Jefferson bring together theories about identity, subjectivity, and gender to provide the first comprehensive account of their psychoanalytically inspired approach. For each topic, the theoretical perspective is supported by individual case studies, which are designed to facilitate the understanding of theory and to demonstrate its application to a variety of criminological topics.

Vulnerability, Violence and Serial Murder: The Case of Jeffrey Dahmer
Vulnerability, violence and serial murder: The case of Jeffrey Dahmer

Whether serial killing is a relatively new and growing problem, or something that has recently come to be seen as a problem, is still a moot point (Coleman and Norris, 2000: 93–4). What is undeniable, however, is the growth of criminological interest in the topic in the last 20 years or so (cf. Holmes and De Burger, 1988; Holmes and Holmes, 1998; Lester, 1995; Levin and Fox, 1985). There is broad agreement as to what it is – multiple murder committed over a relatively long period of time – and that this is different from ‘mass murder’ (multiple murder in a single episode) and ‘spree murder’ ...

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