Mesurer la délinquance
Unfounded or contradictory assertions about the evolution and seriousness of crime pollute a controversy fed by cherry-picked statistics and the State's monopoly on resources and punishment.
This work brings a scientific perspective to the evaluation of crime. Taking into account the history of survey methods and their contemporary updates, the authors reveal the most significant evolutions in crime: increasing theft echoing the rise of consumerism since the 1960s, higher rates of violent robbery and violent street crime starting in the 1980s (an era of social splintering), and the focus, since the 2000s, on repression efforts concentrated more on the defense of public order (illegal substance trafficking, illegal immigration) than on the security of the citizen.
The book argues for three major changes: a survey of crime analyzed over the long term; an evaluation method no longer monopolized by the most powerful and which combines diverse types of data; and an urgent re-launch of the evaluation of financial and white-collar crime.
An indispensable diagnostic for comprehending the present status of crime.