Bringing together cutting-edge theory and research that bridges academic disciplines from criminology and criminal justice, to developmental psychology, sociology, and political science, Thinking About Victimization offers an authoritative, comprehensive, and refreshingly accessible overview of scholarship on the nature, sources, and consequences of victimization.

Written in a lively style with sharp storytelling and an appreciation of international research on victimization, this book is rooted in a healthy respect for criminological history and the foundational works in victimization studies. It provides a detailed account of how different data sources can influence our understanding of victimization; of how the sources of victimization—individual, situational, and contextual—are complicated and varied; and of how the consequences of victimization—personal, legal, and political—are just as complex. This book also engages with contemporary issues such as cybervictimization, intimate partner violence and sexual victimization, prison violence and victimization, and terrorism and state-sponsored violence.

Thinking About Victimization is essential reading for advanced courses in victimization offered in criminology, criminal justice, sociology, social work, and public policy departments. With its unapologetic reliance on theory and research combined with its easy readability, undergraduate and graduate students alike will find much to learn in these pages.

part I|23 pages

Setting the stage

chapter 1|6 pages


chapter 2|15 pages

Measuring victimization

part II|55 pages

The sources of victimization

chapter 3|21 pages

Individual sources of victimization

chapter 5|15 pages

Situations and context

part III|56 pages

The consequences of victimization

chapter 6|23 pages

Personal consequences of victimization

chapter 7|17 pages

Legal consequences of victimization

part IV|60 pages

Special topics in victmization

chapter 9|19 pages

Violence against women

chapter 10|18 pages

Victimization in prison

chapter 11|12 pages