Urban Crime, Criminals, and Victims

The Swedish Experience in an Anglo-American Comparative Perspective

  • Per-Olof H. Wikström

Part of the Research in Criminology book series (RESEARCH CRIM.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Per-Olof H. Wikström
    Pages 1-6
  3. Per-Olof H. Wikström
    Pages 7-15
  4. Per-Olof H. Wikström
    Pages 16-48
  5. Per-Olof H. Wikström
    Pages 49-99
  6. Per-Olof H. Wikström
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  7. Per-Olof H. Wikström
    Pages 111-129
  8. Per-Olof H. Wikström
    Pages 130-184
  9. Per-Olof H. Wikström
    Pages 237-245
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 246-271

About this book


Crime is largely an urban phenomenon, but the specifically urban and area dimen­ sions of the social processes that are connected with crime have been seriously understated in much recent criminological work ... Such a claim could not have been made forty years ago. (Baldwin & Bottoms, 1976, p. 1). The above statement by Baldwin and Bottoms about the neglect in crimi­ nology of the urban dimension of crime was made in the mid-1970s. However, in the last decade there has been a significant upswing in theory and research on crime in the urban environment. Also, new areas oftheory and research into urban crime have come into focus. (For overviews see Brantingham & Brantingham, 1984; Davidson, 1981.) One very good example of the increasing interest in urban crime is the recent volume of Crime and Justice entitled "Communities and Crime" (Reiss & Tonry, 1986), in which Reiss makes a strong argument for the importance of the study of crime in urban communities and for the linking of the ecological and individual traditions in theory and research on crime. A review of the literature on crime in urban environments shows, not unexpectedly, that Anglo-American research heavily dominates the scene (Wikstrom, 1982; 1987b). Hence, much of the experience we have on urban crime is based on North American and British research and theory.


Crime Crime Analysis Kriminalgeographie Kriminalität Kriminalsoziologie Violence sociology of crime victim

Authors and affiliations

  • Per-Olof H. Wikström
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of CriminologyUniversity of StockholmStockholmSweden

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-9079-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-9077-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-7540
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