Criminal [Pdf ebook] by Tom Gash

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How our views of crime and its causes are wrong and how we can begin to understand and tackle it properly      The way we see and understand crime falls into two types of story that in essence have been told and retold many times throughout human history in fiction as in fact Criminality. Tom Gash is no Emile Durkheim and this book is no Suicide Instead of a systematic study of crime statistics leading to a deeper understanding of how to address crime as a social problem we are presented with a collection of everybody knows myths which are then debunked using carefully selected statisticsThe problem is there is nothing surprising here Anyone paying attention or who has spoken with a criminal for longer than the time it takes to get mugged will already know most of what Tom Gash is trying to convince us of Most crime arises from opportunity Most criminals are young males The best way to prevent recidivism is to integrate released convicts into a stable social structure If this is news to you then yes you should read the book It is engaging and well written and the myths approach makes it suitable pop social science reading Maybe read it anyways as a survey of some of the innovative studies regarding crime Then pass it on to that angry uncle always railing about how the death penalty should be applied to shop lifting

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Criminal

Is either a selfish choice an aberration; or a forced choice the product of social factors These two stories continue to dominate both our views of and responses to crime And says Tom Gash they are completely wrong     In seeking to dispel the myths that surround and inform our views of c. An interesting and accessible overview of the research into crime it s causes and the motivation and circumstances of criminals The comparison to the two dominant theories of crime was interesting and referred to a bit throughout but it didn t create as coherent an overview as I was expecting Perhaps I wanted too easy an answer It did feel that the references in each section to other related myths would have been helpful if I didn t have to remind myself which was myth 3 etc each time so referring by name not number which interrupted the flow of the argumentsI m sure this book will impact on my own thinking about crime and punishment over time and it s an important work Not uite 4 stars for me due to flow and structural issues and the strength of some arguments not being up to scratch Very worthy information over all and an important area

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Rime Crime Fictions argues that our obsession with 'big arguments' about crime's causes can lead us to mistake individual cases as proof of universal rules How he asks can we suspend our knee jerk reactions and begin to understand crime for what it is as a risk that can be managed and reduce. An interesting and important read but at times a bit arduous and repetitive feeling It s a good exploration of lots of elements of crime so acts as an introductionjumping off point for understanding the issues This was particularly helpful as a law student reading out of interest in sociologicalcriminological methods and theory


10 thoughts on “Criminal

  1. says:

    Tom Gash sits down to breakfast His wife asks “Would you like salt for your scrambled eggs?” Tom pauses “Several st

  2. says:

    If I was to sum this book’s premise in a uestion it would be ‘Life is complicated why would you think crime would be any different?’Attempting to both dismiss the common myths about crime such as poverty causes crime and criminals such as they’ll stop at nothing the book is also written to explain how crime can be reduced based on collected evidenceThe points raised are certainly interesting and really challenge

  3. says:

    Tom Gash is no Emile Durkheim and this book is no Suicide Instead of a systematic study of crime statistics leading to a deeper understanding of how to address crime as a social problem we are presented with a collection of everybody knows myth

  4. says:

    An interesting and accessible overview of the research into crime it's causes and the motivation and circumstances of criminals The comparison to the two dominant theories of crime was interesting and referred t

  5. says:

    Mr Gash is uite selective in his crime interests mostly 'working class' crime I'd have liked to know about tax evasion and fiddling MPs' expenses is that nature or nurture?; entering into contracts that mean a person takes no responsibility for catastrophes they've helped cause bankers anyone?; and the causes of domestic

  6. says:

    Is crime a selfish choice which can only be deterred through the full force of the law and carceral punishment or is crime the product of socioeconomic deprivations which should be tackled by modifying the social structures which fo

  7. says:

    Very interesting I found this a lot open to be unsure of the explanation about opportunity being the driving force of crime compared to the Nick Ross book on crimeI would say this is great reading for those interested in crime and people who want to be challenged critically about what you think about crime and how you think about crimeReall

  8. says:

    Probably deserved stars because it was insightful very well researched Tapi the thing is i was bored every time i read it The best way to read t

  9. says:

    An interesting and important read but at times a bit arduous and repetitive feeling It's a good exploration of lots of elements of crime so acts as an introductionjumping off point for understanding the issues This was particularly helpful as a law student reading out of interest in sociologicalcriminological methods and t

  10. says:

    Such a fascinating read It examines the most popular myths of crime held by the left and right such as harsh sentences deter poverty

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