By Darrell J. Steffensmeier
*Recipient of the yankee Society of Criminology's 2006 Michael J. Hindelang Award for a e-book, released in the prior 3 calendar years, that's "the most eminent contribution to investigate in criminology."
*Nominated for the 2007 impressive ebook Award of the Academy of legal Justice Sciences.
Sam Goodman, used to be a long-time thief, fence, and quasi-legitimate businessman. He had a felony occupation that spanned fifty years, starting in his mid-teens and finishing along with his loss of life while he was once in his mid-sixties. Confessions of a loss of life Thief is an in-depth ethnographic examine of Sam and his international in keeping with non-stop touch with him for a few years, on a number of interviews together with his community of fellow workers in crime and company, and on a sequence of interviews with him presently earlier than he died.
The booklet updates and significantly expands the case research of Sam Goodman's fencing task present in Steffensmeier's award-winning 1986 ebook The Fence: within the Shadow of 2 Worlds. It combines Sam's colourful narrative debts with substantive observation via the authors to supply a extra nuanced portrayal of legal careers, unlawful firm, and the vast panorama comprising the entity known as "crime." To extra absolutely comprehend pathways into and out of crime in addition to the social association of unlawful company, the authors suggest an integrative learning-opportunity-commitment framework that mixes differential association/social studying concept and a longer conceptualization of legal chance with a three-fold conception of dedication to crime. This framework deals an built-in and extra whole manner of realizing mechanisms that underlie felony offending and legal careers. It additionally acknowledges the complexity and scope of the felony panorama and its embeddedness within the cloth of the bigger society, together with its felony justice system.
Sam's sickness and loss of life are a sobering backdrop th
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