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Why We Harm Critical Issues in Crime and Society Raymond J. Michalowski, Series Editor Critical Issues in Crime and Society is oriented toward critical analysis of contemporary problems in crime and justice. The series is open to a broad range of topics including specific types of crime, wrongful behavior by economically or politically powerful actors, controversies over justice system practices, and issues related to the intersection of identity, crime, and justice. It is committed to offering thoughtful works that will be accessible to scholars and professional criminologists, general readers, and students. For a list of titles in the series, see the last page of the book. Why We Harm h Lois Presser Rutgers University Press New Brunswick, New Jersey, and London Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Presser, Lois. Why we harm / Lois Presser. pages cm. — (Critical issues in crime and society) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978–0–8135–6259–9 (hardcover : alk. paper)—ISBN 978–0–8135–6258–2 (pbk. : alk. paper)—ISBN 978–0–8135–6260–5 (e-book) 1. Crime—Sociological aspects. 2. Criminology. 3. Violence. 4. Violent crimes—Psychological aspects. I. Title. HV6025.P665 2013 303.6—dc23 2013005975 A British Cataloging-in-Publication record for this book is available from the British Library. Excerpt from Thom Gunn’s “Epitaph for Anton Schmitt” (1965) from Selected Poems, 1950–1975, by Thom Gunn. Copyright ©1979 by Thom Gunn. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC, and Faber & Faber Ltd. Copyright © 2013 by Lois Presser All rights reserved No part of this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the publisher. Please contact Rutgers University Press, 106 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. The only exception to this prohibition is “fair use” as defined by U.S. copyright law. Visit our website: Manufactured in the United States of America For Ansel and Halen ...


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