Authored by Steven Messner and Richard Rosenfeld, both highly respected scholars and researchers, CRIME AND THE AMERICAN DREAM, 5th Edition is the seminal work in a major segment of criminological theory. The foundation of the book is institutional anomie theory (an offshoot of Mertonian anomie theory), which the authors posit helps to explain why America’s over-emphasis on the pursuit of materialistic gain contributes to the country’s high rate of violent crime. Featuring a very clear and accessible writing style, this is a theory book that students will actually understand.
Table of Contents
1. A Society Organized for Crime.
2. By Any Means Necessary: Serious Crime in America.
3. Ships in the Night: Theoretical Perspectives in Contemporary Criminology.
4. Culture, Institutional Structure, and Crime.
5. Strengthening Social Institutions and Rethinking the American Dream.