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Lives in the Balance
Lives in the Balance (October 1995)
Youth, Poverty, and Education in Watts
Ann Diver-Stamnes - Author

This compelling examination (by a former high school teacher in Watts, Los Angeles) shows how poverty affects the lives of young people.

"Lives in the Balance literally explodes with images of youth culture within inner-city settings. Through observation and interview techniques, the author's close-up look at the effects of poverty on children's lives is staggering. Just the opportunity to hear 'insider' perspectives provides ...(Read More)
 
 
Energy Possibilities
Energy Possibilities (September 1995)
Rethinking Alternatives and the Choice-Making Process
Jesse S. Tatum - Author

Examines the current and prospective energy sources and choices from the perspectives of science, technology, and social studies.
Using the perspectives of science, technology, and society studies, this book grapples with questions stimulated by a concern that current energy policies and practices reflect neither the best interests of ordinary people nor decision-making consistent with the traditions and aspirations of democracy. Probing...(Read More)
 
 
Promised Land
Promised Land (August 1995)
Base Christian Communities and the Struggle for the Amazon
Madeleine Cousineau Adriance - Author

Examines the relationship between grassroots Catholic Church groups (base Christian communities) and the mobilization of peasant farmers in the fight for control of Amazon lands.

Choice Outstanding Academic Books 1996

Using information gathered from more than one hundred interviews with farmers, activists, and church people in northern Brazil, the author shows how the present conflicts over land in the Amazon, as well as the destru...(Read More)

 
 
Simple Theory, Hard Reality
Simple Theory, Hard Reality (August 1995)
The Impact of Sentencing Reforms on Courts, Prisons, and Crime
Tamasak Wicharaya - Author

This book evaluates the impact of tough sentencing reforms on the courts, prisons, and crime. It also unpacks the resulting policy implications.
This book analyzes the origins, contemporary trends, and consequences of sentencing reforms in the United States. It explores and clarifies the principles, current practices, and implementation problems of "get tough on crime" legislation that has been America's most predominant response to crim...(Read More)
 
 
Alcohol and Homicide
Alcohol and Homicide (July 1995)
A Deadly Combination of Two American Traditions
Robert Nash Parker - Author
Linda-Anne Rebhun - With

The authors show how and why alcohol and violence are so often linked today.
"Your analysis of alcohol and homicide is the best I have yet encountered. You are thorough, cautious with conclusions, proper in telling us what you have not included. I applaud your analysis, your language and your properly limited conclusions." -- Marvin E. Wolfgang, University of Pennsylvania
"This book makes an important contribution to the literature on...(Read More)
 
 
Fear of Crime
Fear of Crime (March 1995)
Interpreting Victimization Risk
Kenneth F. Ferraro - Author

This is an examination of the factors that contribute to the risk of being victimized, such as crime rates and environmental and personal variables.
"This is the first study of its kind to use national data to examine the risk and fear of crime across various types of victimizations--types of crime. This book examines relationships between official crime risk, perceived risk, and fear of crime among various demographic categories, within...(Read More)
 
 
An Introduction to the Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency
An Introduction to the Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency (February 1995)
David Musick - Author

This basic overview of juvenile delinquency in the United States emphasizes the connection between delinquency and other problems faced by "at risk" children in America.
"Musick has written a refreshing, genuinely new text that provides exceptionally clear guidance through the historical, legal, and analytical complexities of defining and explaining delinquency. The book is extremely interesting to read, largely because of the fascinating...(Read More)
 
 
Organizing the South Bronx
Organizing the South Bronx (November 1994)
Jim Rooney - Author

"This book tells a fascinating story about the relationships between a viable network of organizations and the political leadership of New York City. It provides a real feel for the people, interests, and issues that were part of these debates." -- Joe R. Feagin, University of Florida

This is a story of heroic and articulate individuals who were able to defy overwhelming odds and build affordable housing in the South Bronx. It...(Read More)
 
 
Capital and Communities in Black and White
Capital and Communities in Black and White (August 1994)
The Intersections of Race, Class, and Uneven Development
Gregory D. Squires - Author

Capital and Communities in Black and White explores the problems created by global economic restructuring, the decline of inner city neighborhoods, and the heightened racial conflicts in the United States.

"Squires has made an important contribution to the national debate over how America can build a more humane and rational social order." -- Clarence Page, syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune

"Squires's timing co...(Read More)
 
 
Crime and its Social Context
Crime and its Social Context (July 1994)
Toward an Integrated Theory of Offenders, Victims, and Situations
Terance D. Miethe - Author
Robert F. Meier - Author

Theories of criminality and theories of victimization have traditionally been discussed as though they bore no relationship to one another. Yet, a complete explanation for crime must examine both the decision to engage in crime by an offender and the everyday actions of ordinary citizens that increase vulnerability to criminals. The integration of these approaches yields testable models that have greater predictive power than could be obtained by lo...(Read More)
 
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