This book is based on the experiences of a dealer in stolen goods (alias Sam Goodman), whose history serves as a model for understanding the role that fences play in today's society. Steffensmeier provides a detailed analysis of how a fence develops relationships with thieves, customers, and other fences, how prices are set and negotiated, the profits derived, and the skills required for the job, and the meaning and rewards of fencing. Steffensmeier relates the potential consequences: the events surrounding Sam's eventual arrest and conviction for receiving stolen property. Sociologists, criminologists, law enforcement officers, and public policy makers will find this an book enlightening and engaging portrayal of the criminal career.
A model for case study research and a significant contribution to criminological knowledge about a major criminal role.--Carl B. Klockars, University of Delaware
Chapter 1 1. Introduction. Sam Goodman Chapter 2 2. Sam's Place Among Fences Chapter 3 3. Getting Into Business Chapter 4 4. Setting of Sam's Business Chapter 5 5. Buying Stolen Goods Chapter 6 6. Sales and Profits Chapter 7 7. Covering and Corrupting Chapter 8 8. Making Contacts Chapter 9 9. Qualifications for Success Chapter 10 10. Sam Takes a Fall Chapter 11 11. Rewards of Fencing Chapter 12 12. Rationale: The Fence andSociety Chapter 13 13. In Perspective: The Making of a Fence Chapter 14 Appendix: Images of the Fence's Role in Property Theft Chapter 15 Bibliography Chapter 16 Index
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: February 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.45