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Atlas of crime : mapping the criminal landscape
Publication Information:
Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
xxiii, 270 p. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
Geographic history of crime -- Crimes of personal violence -- Crimes against property -- Family violence -- Organized and entrepreneurial crimes -- "Film at ll" crimes -- Mental mapping -- Criminal justice.


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Book HV6783.A85 2000 1

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With topics ranging from armed robbery in L.A. to murder in Miami, this atlas provides a unique collection of maps and essays, presenting a comprehensive and multi-faceted picture of crime in the United States. Blending current trends with history, Atlas of Crime stands out for its coverage of critical topics such as school violence, hate crimes, domestic terrorism, rape, capital punishment, and more. This outstanding resource includes approximately 170 graphics (maps, charts, and tables), and at least 30 original essays from 32 contributors.

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Choice Review

Concerned with the use of maps in criminal justice, this volume of essays provides a broad introduction to how maps can be used to graphically display statistics on crime. The editors (anthropology and geography, Georgia State Univ.) have assembled contributors from a number of disciplines in order to provide a multidisciplinary approach to the problem. The book has eight chapters, each containing several essays by experts and scholars on the application of mapping to a particular crime specialty. Essays range from the familiar topics of homicide, assault, and robbery to gang territories and serial killers. Less common topics such as the use of mapping in computer crimes, animal abuse, and maritime piracy add depth. Related essays cover the history of crime mapping, mental mapping (such as cognitive maps of fear), and maps in detective fiction. The actual maps accompanying the articles illustrate the essays and do not serve as a reference atlas, as the title might imply. Although not a reference book, the volume serves as an interesting stimulus to students seeking alternative ways of using data to investigate or illuminate criminal issues. General and academic readers. E. B. Ryner; FBI Academy Library

Library Journal Review

The authors, all associated with Georgia State University, explore the geographical aspects of crime, showing how space affects the decisions made by criminals. They consider, for example, what regions have the highest murder rates, where drug dealers get their drugs, and what cities and states have the highest incidents and largest varieties of crimes. They also create crime maps that provide a very clear visual of crime location and the level of incident. Heavily influenced by the Chicago School and its ecological approach (e.g., concentric-zones theory, sectoral theory, and multiple-nuclei theory), the geographic approach to studying crime is not new. Still, mapping is an excellent way of studying crime, making this study extremely beneficial for sociologists and criminologists. Highly recommended for collections in these areas.DTim Delaney, Canisius Coll., Buffalo, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Elaine Hallisey HendrixBorden D. DentKeith HarriesJose Javier LopezKathleen C. BasileDoug WilliamsonSusan M. WalcottNancy G. La Vigne and Jill Kathleen Fleury and Joseph SzakasNancy L. Winter and Ute J. DymonJohn Jarvis and Gordon R. WynnDenise A. DonnellyLinda S. TurnbullDenise A. DonnellyLinda S. TurnbullGeorge E. TitaLinda S. TurnbullJacqueline BolesGeorge J. DemkoChristopher G. MissenDamon D. CampDamon D. CampPamela Riley and Joanne McDanielDavid Canter and Samantha HodgePatricia GilmartinLeslie EdwardsRobert J. Kaminski and Eric S. Jefferis and Chanchalat ChanhatasilpaWilliam V. AckermanW. Jerry ChisumElaine Hallisey HendrixKeith Harries
List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Contributorsp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Cartography in the Atlas of Crimep. xxi
Chapter 1 Geographic History of Crimep. 1
Brief History of Crime Mappingp. 4
Chapter 2 Crimes of Personal Violencep. 22
Homicidep. 24
Assaultp. 30
Rape in the United Statesp. 37
Robberyp. 43
Chapter 3 Crimes Against Propertyp. 51
Burglaryp. 53
Auto Theft and Detecting Chop Shop Locationsp. 60
Environmental Crimep. 68
Confronting Computer Crimesp. 82
Chapter 4 Family Violencep. 89
Intimate Violencep. 91
The Spatial Dimensions of Child Abuse and Neglectp. 100
Elder Abusep. 108
Animal Cruelty: A Spatial Investigationp. 113
Chapter 5 Organized and Entrepreneurial Crimesp. 122
Mapping the Set Space of Urban Street Gangsp. 125
The Spatial Dynamics of Drug Traffickingp. 132
Prostitutionp. 140
Modern Maritime Piracyp. 149
Chapter 6 "Film at 11" Crimesp. 153
Serial Murder in the United States, 1860-1995p. 155
Domestic Terrorismp. 162
Hate Crimesp. 171
School Violencep. 179
Chapter 7 Mental Mappingp. 184
Criminals' Mental Mapsp. 186
Cognitive Maps and the Fear of Crimep. 192
Maps in Detective Fictionp. 199
Chapter 8 Criminal Justicep. 208
A Spatial Analysis of American Police Killed in the Line of Dutyp. 212
The Concept of Community Policing and a Case Study of Lima, Ohiop. 221
Crime Scene Sketchp. 229
Police Department Use of Geographic Information Systems for Crime Analysisp. 236
Capital Punishmentp. 248
Indexp. 259