Victims of Violence

For the Record (First Edition)
Edited by William S. Parkin and Peter A. Collins
©2020, 464 pages

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    Victims of Violence: For the Record presents readers with an innovative and timely lens through which to examine contemporary acts of violent victimization. The book illuminates specific types of victimization and how they are portrayed in criminological literature and the press, most notably within The New York Times. Readers are challenged to examine how the victims The New York Times has chosen to cover may—or may not—represent the typical victim and victimization patterns that are reported in empirical research.

    The book is organized into three sections. The first section focuses on violent victimization that occurs during the criminal justice process. The second section looks at victims of violence who are injured or killed in routine settings as they move through their lives. The final section examines violence that is often directed against victims who are targeted by their attackers due to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, nationality, or immigration status.

    Presenting modern and thought-provoking research on the intersection of victimization and the media, Victims of Violence is ideal for courses in criminal justice and criminology, especially those with focus on victimization and mass media.

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    William S. Parkin received a Ph.D. in criminal justice with specializations in ideological violence, victimization, and the media and criminal justice from the City University of New York, Graduate Center. He is an associate professor of criminal justice at Seattle University and a co-principal investigator on the Extremist Crime Database.
    Peter A. Collins received a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Washington State University. He is an associate professor of criminal justice at Seattle University. He has authored or coauthored numerous books, book chapters, and peer reviewed articles on a variety of topics, including legal policy, the death penalty, the media, criminal justice statistics and management, and more.
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