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.

Anxiety, Defensiveness and the Fear of Crime

Anxiety, defensiveness and the fear of crime

How scared are we?

(Guardian 2 headline, 13 February, 2003)

It's a panic for sure. But it's a calm panic

Since the [US] government issued its guidelines for families to prepare a ‘disaster supply kit’ in case of chemical, biological or nuclear attack … the nation's DIY shops have become the epicentre for a wave of subdued but nonetheless palpable panic … ‘We've had three times the amount of business we normally have in a day,’ said Bill Hart, at a hardware store in Bethesda, Maryland.

(Guardian, 14 February, 2003)

Public blind to fall in crime

The crime rate in England and Wales is falling again but most people do not believe it, according to the latest Home ...

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