Title

Carjacking and the management of natural surveillance

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2019

Abstract

Natural surveillance has long been a central feature of criminological discourse and is thought to be a potent source of deterrence. The current paper explores how a sample of active carjackers manages the prospect of “being seen,” focusing on three specific decision-making protocols: Isolation, speed, and the exploitation of audience indifference. Conceptual attention focuses on the application of the perceptual heuristic “awareness contexts” (Glaser & Strauss, 1964) to reconcile two seemingly disconnected strands of criminological inquiry—one that positions offenders as recklessly impulsive, the other that postures them as calculative and deterrable.

Publication Title

Journal of Criminal Justice

Volume

61

First Page

40

Last Page

47

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2019.01.002

ISSN

00472352

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