The International Crime Drop: New Directions in Research

Providing an innovative approach to the written displays of minority languages in public space this volume explores minority language situations through the lens of linguistic landscape research. Based on very tangible data it explores the "same old issues" of language contact and language conflict in new ways. It analyses the effect of post WW2 crime booms which triggered a universal improvement in security across the Western world.

Book contents:

  1. Introduction

  2. Global Overview: International Trends in Victimization and Recorded Crime

  3. Crime Trends in Western Europe according to Official Statistics from 1990 to 2007

  4. The Case of Australia and New Zealand

  5. A Precautionary Consensus?

  6. Trends in Violence against Women: Some Good News and Some Bad News

  7. The Crime Drop in ‘Non-Western’ Countries: A Review of Homicide Data

  8. Underlying Patterns within the England and Wales Crime Drop

  9. Crime, Inequality, and Change in England and Wales

  10. The Crime Drop in Comparative Perspective: The Impact of the Economy and Imprisonment on American and European Burglary Rates

  11. Security and the Drop in Car Theft in the United States

  12. Self-limiting Crime Waves

  13. The Crime Drop Discourse — or the Illusion of Uniform Continental Trends: Switzerland as a Contrasting Case

  14. Crime in the Broad Sweep of History

  15. Towards a Comprehensive Research Plan on Opportunity Theory and the Crime Falls

  16. Conclusions — Understanding International Crime Trends: A Summing Up