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Crime and Criminal Behavior delves into such hotly debated topics as age of consent, euthanasia and assisted suicide, gambling, guns, internet pornography, marijuana and other drug laws, religious convictions, and terrorism and extremism. From using a faking I.D. to assaulting one’s domestic partner to driving drunk, a vast array of behaviors fit into the definition of criminal. The authors of these 20 chapters examine the historical contexts of each topic and offer arguments both for and against the ways in which legislators and courts have defined and responded to criminal behaviors, addressing the sometimes complex policy considerations involved. Sensitive subjects such as hate crimes are addressed, as are crimes carried out by large groups or states, including war crime and corporate crime. This volume also ...


The act of prostitution violates the prevalent social norms of most cultures and societies. Prostitution is one particular type of sex work, in which an individual exchanges sex or sexual favors for money, drugs, or other desirable commodities. As one of the world's oldest professions, prostitution can be found across societies worldwide, and is especially prolific in urban areas. This type of work is largely a gendered phenomenon in which women sell and men purchase sex acts. There are different types of prostitutes, including call girls, brothel workers, and street prostitutes, all of whom are affected by the circumstances, environments, and laws in which they work. Some scholars argue that prostitutes are victims because they are exploited by a male-dominated society, while others assert ...

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