Understanding Violent Crime provides a concise yet thorough and extensive account of the main explanations of violent behavior. It draws upon sociological and psychological perspectives on violence as part of a coherent approach to the study of a phenomenon that raises wide public concern. There is also a focus on the ways in which violence is considered by the criminal justice system. Definitions of the main violent offences, including violent sexual offences, are discussed and some indication of the levels of sentencing in particular cases is provided. The final chapter then considers ways in which offenders are able to confront their violent behaviour within the criminal justice system. Frequent references to the definitions and treatment of violence in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA give the book a distinctive comparative perspective. The result is a wide-ranging and essential undergraduate text and a key reference for researchers in the field.
Table of ContentsSeries editor's foreword - Preface -Section one: The Phenomenon of Violence - Definitions of violence - The extent of violence - Section two: Explanations of Violence - Biological influences, mental disorder, drugs and alcohol - Theories of socialization - Group violence - Gender and violence - Sociological theories: poverty, strain and power -Section three: The Aftermath of Violence- The consequences of violent crime - The punishment of violence - The treatment of violent offenders - Conclusion - Appendix - References - Index.