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Criminology Goes to the Movies by
Investigating cinema under the magnifying glass From a look at classics like Psycho and Double Indemnity to recent films like Traffic and Thelma & Louise, Nicole Rafter and Michelle Brown show that criminological theory is produced not only in the academy, through scholarly research, but also in popular culture, through film. Criminology Goes to the Movies connects with ways in which students are already thinking criminologically through engagements with popular culture, encouraging them to use the everyday world as a vehicle for theorizing and understanding both crime and perceptions of criminality. The first work to bring a systematic and sophisticated criminological perspective to bear on crime films, Rafter and Brown's book provides a fresh way of looking at cinema, using the concepts and analytical tools of criminology to uncover previously unnoticed meanings in film, ultimately making the study of criminological theory more engaging and effective for students while simultaneously demonstrating how theories of crime circulate in our mass-mediated worlds. The result is an illuminating new way of seeing movies and a delightful way of learning about criminology. Instructor's Guide
Explaining Crime by
This book provides a concise but comprehensive review of the full range of classic and contemporary theories of crime. With separate chapters on the nature and use of criminological theory as well as theoretical application, the authors render the difficult task of explaining crime more understandable to the introductory student. All of the main theories in criminology are reviewed including classical and rational choice, biological, psychological, and evolutionary, social structural, social process, critical, general, and integrated approaches. Copious examples of the spirit of the theories are supplied, many with a popular culture (e.g., film and music) connection.
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Articles on criminal justice topics, including corrections administration, law enforcement, social work, industrial security, drug rehabilitation, and criminal and family law.
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Articles on psychology topics.
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Articles from journals on science, technology and medicine for advanced research.
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Articles on sociology topics including criminal justice, gender studies, racial studies, social services, and social work.
Why They Kill
Watch news clips about violence and examine crime scene photos. Chief Medical Examiner Roger A. Mitchell autopsies about 120 homicide victims annually. This program will examine why people rape, murder, and mutilate.
Psychology of Crime
Home Is Where the Heart Lies: Mapping Murder
“The fact is that most offenders do not travel very far to commit their crimes,” says Professor David Canter. “Like you and me, their home is where their heart lies.” In this program, Canter makes his point through the case of British TV personality Jill Dando, who was murdered on her doorstep by a man who lived just a few streets away; the Railway Rapists, a pair of men who raped and, in two cases, murdered their way up and down a rail line that passed by perpetrator John Duffy’s dwelling; and Jack the Ripper, who terrorized London’s East End and probably resided there. A look at the Soho cholera epidemic of 1854, which was brought under control through the geographical mapping of Dr. John Snow, is also included. A part of the series Mapping Murder: Investigative Psychology Meets Geographical Profiling.