American Victimology

American Victimology
Marilyn D. McShane and Traqina Q. Emeka
February 2011

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-417-9 / Paperback
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / 300 pages

Price   $42.95


McShane and Emeka examine the varied forces that shape the criminal justice system's responses to victims in America today. They explore the historical, legal, political, economic, social, and cultural dynamics of perceptions of victims and their experiences. The text focuses on why certain victims have more access to and impact on the justice system and how policy seems to form around their needs. Readers are encouraged to theorize as to how these higher profile cases differ from the more routine victimizations that occur each day. Throughout this book, students are offered broader and more controversial definitions of victims. The authors provide critical insights into both traditional and less traditional approaches to the treatment of victim issues in our society. Upon considering the issues in this text, students will appreciate the new ideas they now hold about the role of victims in our society.

About the Author

Marilyn D. McShane is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Houston. She received her Ph.D. at Sam Houston State University and has taught corrections for over 20 years. Dr. McShane has studied correctional systems throughout the country in a number of grant related research projects. She formerly worked in Inmate Legal Services in the Texas Department of Corrections and has published many research articles on prison and parole issues. She is also the Co-Editor of the Encyclopedia of American Prisons.

Traqina Q. Emeka is an assistant professor at the University of Houston Downtown. She serves as the assistant chair and graduate coordinator in the Department of Criminal Justice. Her research interests include juvenile delinquency, victimology, recidivism, and community corrections. She has published in the areas of child abuse, juvenile recidivism, and community corrections.

Criminal Justice