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Armed Robbers In Action: Stickups and Street Culture (Northeastern Series in Criminal Behavior) [Kindle Edition]

Richard T. Wright , Scott H. Decker , Neal Shover
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Based on no-holds-barred interviews with active armed robbers in St. Louis, Missouri, this groundbreaking volume sheds new light on the process of committing armed robbery.


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About the Author

Richard T. Wright and Scott H. Decker are both Professors of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri--St. Louis. They are co-authors of Burglars on the Job: Streetlife and Residential Break-ins (Northeastern University Press), winner of the 1995 SSSP Crime and Delinquency Outstanding Scholarship Award.

Neal Shover is Professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is the author of Aging Criminals and Great Pretenders: Pursuits and Careers of Persistent Thieves.


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  • File Size: 776 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Northeastern (November 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9V98VW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Laughed my ass off and then thought about it. September 24, 1999
By A Customer
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I spent three years being bored to points beyond death in law school, but this book was something all together different. The fact that it was written at all is impressive. You read about the inner city in the papers, but this book takes you there, and not just into the slum, but into the heads of the dregs of society. The logic expressed by the subjects of this book is so radically foreign to those of us in textbook America. Take a chance and look into the underclass. Oops, I used the class-word. I know we don't have those in this country, but this book may make you think. I only wish Pat Buchanan could meet some of these guys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Can Not Make This Stuff Up November 16, 2007
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This is an excellent piece of qualitative research and I use it as an example in my research class. As other writers have noted this book is entertaining and fun. Also, it demonstrates how a researcher uses snowball sampling to find individuals who may otherwise be reluctant to admit to others that they are engaging in some kind of behavior which society considers immoral or which is outright illegal. Research does not have to be dull and good qualitative research reads as well as the best fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All that and a bag of chips March 31, 2000
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This is first rate ethnography that is well-written, insightful, and entertaining. Yes, I said entertaining, as in a good read. Fascinating book that will really make you think about what lies behind criminal decision-making . . . highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. September 23, 2004
By AW
Format:Paperback
All I can say is... wow. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to currently be a student of Richard Wright's, studying Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. While this ethnography is extremely insightful and intriguing, it doesn't even begin to capture the sheer brilliance that IS Richard Wright. He is truly a one of a kind researcher, and many of his ideas have been groundbreaking in the field of Criminology -- especially since the studies for this book were done in the '80s, a much more conservative period as far as criminological research is concerned. This book would be interesting and even entertaining for anyone, but especially for those with a background in Criminology or Sociology. I would also recommend Richard Wright's other piece about this research project, BURGLARS ON THE JOB.
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