Title

Nerve Management and Crime Accomplishment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2017

Subject Area

ARRAY(0x5577fa67c928)

Abstract

Objective: To examine the theoretical import of nerve management for offender decision-making and crime accomplishment. Methods: Data were culled from in-depth, semistructured interviews with 35 active auto thieves. Results: Nerve management is best considered an intervening exercise in the threat perception process that moderates the fear-offending relationship through its effect on nervousness. Offenders draw from both cognitive and presentational tactics to this end. Such tactics include self-medication, shunting, fatalism, smoothness, and lens widening. Conclusions: Since nervousness is both caused by sanction threats and produces conduct that potentially neutralizes those threats, nerve management is best considered an agentic response that modifies the perception of risk itself.

Publication Title

Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency

Volume

54

Issue

5

First Page

617

Last Page

638

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1177/0022427817693037

ISSN

00224278

E-ISSN

1552731X

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