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Bill McCarthy (1995)

Not Just ``For the Thrill of It'': An Instrumentalist Elaboration of Katz's Explanation of Sneaky Thrill Property Crimes

Criminology, 33(4):519--538.

In his controversial challenge to criminologists, Jack Katz (1988) argues for a reexamination of situational factors that precipitate criminal acts, specifically those that concern crime's sensual dynamics. According to Katz, people's immediate social environment & experiences encourage offenders to construct crimes as sensually compelling. It is argued here that, although insightful, this thesis is limited, specifically as it applies to ``sneaky thrill'' property crime. Katz's emphasis on the enticements of theft, at the expense of other variables, negates a considerable body of research & leaves a theoretical hiatus that encourages explanations grounded in individual pathology. A revision of Katz's approach that addresses these concerns is proposed & tested with models of various stages of sneaky thrill theft, using data from a 1972 probability survey of 1,993 respondents age 15+ from NJ, OR, & IA. Results of affirm that the selection of theft has an important instrumentalist component & is influenced by several background factors, namely, age, gender, & the strain associated with inadequate economic opportunities. 2 Tables, 1 Appendix, 35 References. Adapted from the source document.

property crimes, Jack Katz's ``sneaky thrill'' theory challenged/revised, 1972 survey data, New Jersey/Oregon/Iowa, Oregon, *Burglary, *Property, *Criminology, *Crime, New Jersey, *Social Environment, Iowa, article, 2147: social problems and social welfare; sociology of crime
SubjectsTermNotLitGenreText - *Property; *Crime; *Social Environment; *Burglary; *Criminology; New Jersey; Oregon; Iowa

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