Revisiting nations not obsessed with crime

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This paper reanalyzes the ten low-crime countries featured in Freda Adler’s 1983 publication, Nations Not Obsesses with Crime. It uses currently available quantitative data to present an updated statistical portrait of these countries. It aims to critically evaluate the criteria that have been and should be used to designate countries as low-crime. It also investigates whether these countries have been able to maintain this status over the past three decades. Finally, it discusses the theoretical implications of this updated statistical portrait for cross-national criminology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-129
Number of pages17
JournalCrime, Law and Social Change
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014

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© 2014, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Social Sciences (all)
  • Law


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