Tom Gash ( ebook / PDF ) Criminal

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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. 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 force people into crime Well both and neither according to Tom Gash In this book he tackles some of the main preconceptions which dominate both views on crime which he respectively labels the Heroes and Villain and Victims and Survivors approaches by unpacking 11 common myths These include among others the idea that police on the beat and tougher sentences are the most effective ways to reduce crime that most crime is highly professional or that poverty is a direct cause of crime In each chapter he carefully unpacks these claims drawing on extensive data and a wealth of secondary research he shows how the reality of crime is often far complex than the prevailing conceptions that we have of it Overall he presents a nuanced explanation of crime and avoids overly lambasting either the Heroes and Villain or Victims and Survivors viewpoints which would have been easy to do Instead he engages with them to deftly show that they all too often rely on assumptions that are often not backed up by solid research The author himself appears to align with the situational approach to crime which places the emphasis for crime prevention on addressing the circumstances which facilitate crime ie reducing the temptation of crime and on recognising that there exist many guardians of social order alongside the police which can be mobilised in support of anti crime measures Wherever you stand on the Villains Heroes spectrum this is a highly readable and insightful book which is sure to challenge your beliefs about criminality

Tom Gash Ç 3 review

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. 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 crimeReally slays or casts serious intellectual doubt on commonly held assumptions about crimeTop work Mr Gash


10 thoughts on “Criminal

  1. says:

    Tom Gash sits down to breakfast His wife asks ‚ÄúWould you like salt for your scrambled eggs?‚ÄĚ Tom pauses ‚ÄúSeveral studies show

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    If I was to sum this book‚Äôs premise in a uestion it would be ‚ÄėLife is complicated why would you think crime would be any different?‚ÄôAttempting to both dismiss the common myths about crime such as poverty causes crime and criminals such as they‚Äôll 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 some com

  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 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

  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 to a bit throughout but it didn't create as coherent an overview as I was expecting Perhaps I wanted too easy an

  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' expe

  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 soci

  7. says:

    Very interesting I found this a lot open to be unsure of the explanation about opportunity being the driving force of crim

  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 this book i think is to not read it in one go Cam you have to read half a chapter today and then do something else or read a lighter genre and then resume reading it hour

  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 act

  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 causes crime It then draws on criminology research to track often small changes