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Demographics and criminality : the characteristics of crime in America
Flowers, R. Barri (Ronald Barri)
Publication Information:
New York : Greenwood Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xvi, 207 pages ; 25 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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HV6789 .F58 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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As the problem of crime continues to worsen in the 1980s, the need for up-to-date, comprehensive information on its dynamics and incidence increases. This work, the fourth in a four-volume series, is the first study to focus exclusively on demographic trends in criminality and victimization for crime as a whole. Concerned with the broad picture of crime in America as well as specific demographic correlates and characteristics, it develops profiles of patterns in criminality and suggests ways of applying this demographic data to promote more effective crime control.

Flowers begins by exploring the demographic aggregate features of crime and victimization in America, as well as geographical and temporal trends. The demographic correlates examined in the next section include age, gender, race, ethnicity, class, employment, income, education, marital status, and substance abuse. The third section is devoted to a survey of demographic characteristics of three deviant groups--habitual and career criminals, the prison population, and violent families. The author concludes with a discussion of the implications of demographics for the study and control of criminality and victimization in the years ahead. This book, together with its three companion volumes, will be an important resource for professionals, academians, and students in criminology, criminal justice, law, victimology, racial and ethnic studies, and related disciplines, as well as laypersons who seek greater insight into the world of crime.

Author Notes

Ronald Barri Flowers, born October 25 1956 in Detroit, is a criminologist, crime writer, novelist, textbook author, and screenwriter. He received a B.A. in 1977 and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice in 1980. His publications include The Prostitution Of Women and Girls, an exploration of female prostitution worldwide; The Sex Slave Murders, the true story of Gerald and Charlene Gallego, America's first husband-wife serial killers; and Female Crime, Criminals and Cellmates: An Exploration of Female Criminality and Delinquency.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Choice Review

The final book of a four-volume series by Flowers (Children and Criminality, Ch, Mar'87; Women and Criminality, Ch, Jan'88; Minorities and Criminality, 1988) resembles an accountant's report more than a work of scholarship. Nonetheless, some libraries will want to acquire this assembly of demographic facts about criminality simply to have in a single source recent (mostly 1987) quantitative summaries for a host of crime correlates. Topics range from ecological variables such as time and place, to the status variables of age, gender, race, class and its subsets (i.e., income, education), to offender characteristics such as drug use, chronic criminality, and violent family experience. Flowers offers no new data, although it is helpful to have this abundance of detail neatly arranged and reviewed in a narrative that does recognize some research in criminology. There are 62 tables drawn from commonly available US government documents, the limitations of which are acknowledged in the first chapter. There are also no new ideas in this volume, and the commentary consistently reflects bivariate thinking. The book is thus seriously limited as a source of insight for students or general readers, although it is quite convenient as a source of details. -R. Zingraff, Meredith College

Table of Contents

Introduction Demographic Aggregates of Crime
The Measurement of Crime in America
A Dimensional Composite of Criminality Ecological Variations in Crime Demographic Correlates of Crime Age and Criminality Gender and Crime Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Involvement
Social Class and Criminality Employment, Income, Education, Marital Status, and Crime Substance Abuse/Use and Criminality Demographic Characterizations of Deviant
Groups Chronic Offenders Family Violence Prisoners Demographics, Crime, and the Future Responding to the Demographic Makeup of Criminality