Crime and the American Dream
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Crime and the American Dream

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How has America's over-emphasis on the pursuit of materialistic gain contributed to the it's high rate of violent crime? CRIME AND THE AMERICAN DREAM is an easy-to-understand book that offers clear coveral of criminological theory, using institutional anomie theory as a foundation.
Paperback, 150 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Wadsworth Publishing Company (first published 1993)
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Two sentences. That's how much attention was given to the positive influence the concept of the American Dream has had on our country. Zero words. That's how many were dedicated to explaining why people worldwide fight tooth and nail to come to America for better lives. The authors presented an interesting theory, sure, but without acknowledging the obviously positive influences our nationwide, decades-old mantra has had, it stunk of agenda and bias.
Nov 10, 2008 David rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to understand crime in america
Crime and the American dream changed the way that I view crime entirely. Crime was not one of my interests and I mostly ignored the subject. This book put crime into a framework that could be easily understood. It also made it easy to relate the subject to many other social and political conditions we face in America as Americans.
Mar 21, 2008 Jamie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anthropologists, cj/social justice advocates
Interesting take on American cultural values and how they create a state of institutional anomie, leading to high crime rates. I use this in my criminology class.
Oct 10, 2008 Mark rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Criminology/Sociology geeks
Criminology text detailing the "win at all costs" mentality found in American culture and its impact on violent crime rates. A MUST READ!!!! Hehehe.
Fascinating analysis of American culture and how it is really "organized for crime."
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