Identity Theft in Today's World
by Megan McNally
November 2011, 213pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-37588-0
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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Identity theft is a combination of several different problems whose effects permeate everyday living—at home, at work, or in social life—in the modern world. Although the threat of identity theft may be more pervasive than its incidence, the social-structural roots of the contemporary problem pose many significant challenges, whether at home or abroad.

This book accurately identifies the various forms of identity theft in simple, easy-to-understand terms, exposes exaggerated and erroneous information, and explains how everyone can take action to protect themselves.

Identity theft is a classic crime with a modern (and perhaps decidedly American) twist. The rise of technology over the past few decades—and its influence on the processes of modernization and globalization—has created many new opportunities for identity theft both locally and internationally. Moreover, this process has transformed the nature of identity from something largely personal to something almost purely financial. Although identity theft is not a global crime per se, it does pose a pervasive and universal threat that will need to be acknowledged and addressed by many nations throughout the world.

In this text, author Megan McNally examines the concept of identity theft in universal terms in order to understand what it is, how it is accomplished, and what the nations of the world can do—individually or collectively—to prevent it or respond to it.

Megan McNally, PhD, is coeditor of Perspectives on Identity Theft and coauthor of the National Institute of Justice Identity Theft Literature Review. She received her doctorate in criminal justice from the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ.

Reviews

"Identity Theft in Today's World is a choice and comprehensive collection for those seeking to understand the crime better and defend themselves from it."—Midwest Book Review, January 1, 2012

"This well-documented book, which includes 17 pages of footnotes and 19 pages of references, provides an extensive account of the dramatic increase in the often-embellished media accounts of this crime in the United States since the late 1990s. . . . McNally concludes that people should not panic, but that they need to guard and monitor their personal information more carefully. Summing Up: Recommended."—Choice, July 1, 2012
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