By Richard T. Wright, Scott H. Decker, Gilbert Geis
Via large and candid interviews, the authors of this ground-breaking paintings have studied burglars' decision-making tactics in the context in their streetlife tradition. during this quantity they current their findings within the components of motivation, aim choice, tools of coming into and looking a place of dwelling, and strategies of marketing stolen items, concluding with a dialogue of the theoretical implications in their examine.
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I guess I like to flash [money] a lot, impress the girls and stuff. Go out and spend some money, you know? (Wayne Jones—No. 055) [I commit burglaries to] splurge money with the women, you know, that's they kick, that's what they like to do. (Jon Monroe—No. 011) [I use the burglary money for] gifts for young ladies—flowers or negligee or somethin'. " [Then] watch 'em nude. (Jack Daniel—No. 054) Like getting high, sexual conquest was a much-prized symbol of hipness through which the male subjects in our sample could accrue status among their peers on the street.
This necessitated an analytical framework that broke down the burglars' offenses into distinct stages—or "sequential events" (Scheff, 1990:195)—thereby allowing us to explore objective and subjective aspects of the situation that Chapter 1 guided their actions throughout criminal episodes. As Lofland (1969:61), among others, has argued, such descriptive, "closeup" information is of critical importance in formulating an adequate explanation of a crime such as residential burglary (see also Cornish and Clarke, 1986; Katz, 1988; Scheff, 1990).
But these interpretations are neither discounted as being merely subjective nor accepted on faith. Rather they are considered (33) Chapter 1 merely as one step in a round of interpretations and counterinterpretations, a round that will continue until consensus is reached. (Scheff, 1992:110) The result of using this procedure, we believe, is a book that faithfully conveys the offender's perspective on the process of committing residential burglaries. Two further caveats are in order. First, although we made a concerted effort to question every offender about every issue, this was not always possible; in consequence, the number of offenders responding to a question varies from one issue to the next.