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Historical perspectives on crime

Emsley, Clive (2007). Historical perspectives on crime. In: Maguire, Mike; Morgan, Rod and Reiner, Robert eds. The Oxford Handbook of Criminology. 4th edition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 122–138.

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This chapter highlights some of the issues raised by historical research into crime with respect to long-term trends, methodology, and various kinds of data. In so doing it seeks also to underline the contribution that a historical perspective can provide for an understanding of contemporary crime and criminal justice. The key topics explored are the theoretical perspectives used for the history of crime, the concept of a broad, long-term shift in the pattern of crime from violence to theft; the value of statistics; the role of human agency. Most of the discussion centres on the English experience; comparisons with other countries are made where this appears either central or simply helpful.

Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 0-19-920543-4, 978-0-19-920543-1
Keywords: Crime; criminal statistics; criminal violence; human agency; theft
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > History
Item ID: 7776
Depositing User: Users 1056 not found.
Date Deposited: 22 May 2007
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 16:32
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