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Crime Trends

Eric Baumer

in The Oxford Handbook of Crime and Criminal Justice

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780195395082
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195395082.013.0002

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Crime Trends

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This article discusses key methodological issues that are germane to understanding some of the parameters for developing a sound knowledge base on temporal crime patterns. It then surveys the landscape of what we currently know, focusing initially on the description and explanation of crime trends in the United States and elsewhere through the late 1950s, then addressing comparable themes since that time, which are labeled as the “contemporary period”. The concluding section outlines directions for future research.

Keywords: contemporary crime; historical crime; crime patterns; United States

Article.  14791 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Measurement of Crime ; Violent Crime ; Property Crime

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