Discovery of Hidden Crime: Self-Report Delinquency Surveys in Criminal Policy Context

ISBN : 9780199639199

Janne Kivivuori
216 Pages
135 x 217 mm
Pub date
Oct 2011
Clarendon Studies in Criminology
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Discovery of Hidden Crime presents a history of the self-report crime survey as a method of criminological inquiry, describing how it was born within a distinct moral framework by pioneers out to show that crime was very prevalent and, therefore, normal. This books recounts how, during the 1930s and 1940s, a handful of US criminologists discovered the method of the self-report delinquency survey - a method used to ask people directly about their crimes. Previously, criminologists had to rely on official statistics produced by the police and other control authorities; their studies were therefore constrained by the 'official control barrier', which perpetuated the notion that crime was linked to the lowest social strata and/or to psychological abnormality. By confronting the domination of psychiatrists and psychologists in the study of crime, criminologists began to challenge the punitive attitudes of society; thus, exposing the so-called white collar offenders and alerting people to see crime as something that could also be found among the middle and upper classes. Expounding both the history of that discovery and its implications for criminological work, past and present, this book offers a fascinating perspective on how criminology has developed, and how it continues to advance amid the twin pressures of facts and policy goals.


1. Introduction
2. Key Concepts
3. Contours of the Battlefield
4. Discovery of Hidden Crime
5. Deployment of Hidden Crime Studies in the Nordic Area
6. Concluding Discussion

About the author: 

Janne Kivivuori studied sociology at the University of Helsinki where he received his PhD in 1994. Since 2000 he has been the Research Director of the criminological unit of Finland's National Research Institute of Legal Policy. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki. His research has focused on delinquent behaviour, homicide, and methodology of crime measurement. He has published widely in criminological journals, such as British Journal of Criminology, European Journal of Criminology, and Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention. Since 2010 he has been member of the Steering Group of the International Self-Report Delinquency Study.

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