Interpersonal Crime as Edgework

Brian A. Monahan, University of Delaware

This paper explores the need for greater micro-macro linkages in criminological theory and research and offers a framework with which to undertake the task. The concept of edgework, initially developed to explain voluntary risk taking behavior, is applied to interpersonal crime. Through application of the edgework model and incorporation of existing criminological research and theory, this paper highlights the experiential elements of criminal action, such as control, suspense, coercion, victim resistance, and violence, while locating some of the impetus for seeking criminal edgework in various social-structural conditions, cultural contexts, and lifestyles.

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