Organized around the intersecting social divisions of class, race, age, and gender, the book provides an engaging and authoritative overview of the nature of victimisation in society. In addition to a review of the major theoretical developments in relation to understanding aspects of victimization in society, individual chapters explore the political and social context of victimisation and the historical, comparative, and contemporary research and scholarly work on it. Each chapter includes the following:- Background and glossary- Theory, research and policy review - `Thinking critically about...' sections- Reflections and future research directions- Summary and conclusions- Annotated bibliographyVictims, Crime and Society is the essential text on victims for students of criminology, criminal justice, community safety, youth justice and related areas.
Chapter 9: Old Age, Victims and Crime
Old Age, Victims and Crime
- To explore the relationship between old age, victims and crime.
- To outline the key debates in victimology in relation to ageing.
- To synergize gerontology and criminological theory.
Crime is perceived to be an age war, with young offenders preying on innocent older victims … Politicians have quickly, and quite unjustifiably, identified the elderly as particularly vulnerable to crime. (Mawby, 1988: 101)
Old age is shamefully seen like head lice in children and venereal disease in their older siblings. (Stott, 1981: 3)
In recent years, the experiences of individuals of the life-course have developed as ...