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Violent Criminal Acts and Actors Revisited [Paperback]

Lonnie H. Athens
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March 1, 1997 0252066081 978-0252066085
In Violent Criminal Acts and Actors Revisited, Lonnie Athens returns to his pioneering work and enlarges his original explanations of violent crime, constructed from case-by-case analyses of chilling, first-person accounts. He now takes into account not only the violent act and actor, but also the community that the actor inhabits and in which the act occurs. On the basis of this expanded theory, he outlines a new policy for the control of violent crime. Athens also tells the story behind his study, including research blunders made along the way, the violence out of which the study was born, the ongoing violence in which it was steeped, and the hostile reception it met when it was originally published. While recounting this journey, he uncovers some deeply rooted problems that still plague the field of criminology.

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"A brilliant extension of his earlier work." -- Norman K. Denzin, author of Hollywood Shot by Shot

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252066081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252066085
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read... April 2, 2000
If you have any interest in violent criminal acts, criminal justice, chronic/acute criminal behavior from a treatment, control or academic perspective, this is a must read. I have spent 25 years researching, planning, and programming in this field and Dr. Athen's work has major implications across many domains. Whether or not you agree, after reading this book you will be left motivated and enlightened. I also recommend reading "Why They Kill" by Richard Rhodes either before or after reading this book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep in mind... January 2, 2004
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that criminals and fools are allowed to post reviews here. Joyce Carol Oates is not a good source for information about criminals. I work as a prison psychologist in one of the most progressive systems in the United States. Lonnie Athens has done groundbreaking work which I have confirmed and extended in my own clinical work. I reject more than 90% of what the professional research literature tells me because the research methods are inadequate, the statistical methods are incorrect, or the conclusions go beyond the data. Athens is one of the few academics whom I follow carefully (others are the late Neil Jacobson and John Gottman). I would recommend that you ignore the review that gave this book 0 stars and investigate for yourself. Anything in which Lonnie Athens is involved is automatically worthy of careful reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive and astounding work January 17, 2008
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Dr. Athen's work on the creation of violent criminals is groundbreaking in its scope and reach. I have read all of his books and the framework he proposes is one that offers many intersections for intervention before a violent person is created.
This is an intellectually challenging and exciting book. It should be read by anyone interested in creating a peaceful society and preventing inter-personal violence.
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