Fire-Raising: Its Motivation and Management

Fire-Raising: Its Motivation and Management

Fire-Raising: Its Motivation and Management

Fire-Raising: Its Motivation and Management

Synopsis

In recent years, fire-raising has become an increasing problem in Britain and elsewhere, and now involves many professionals in the investigation and management of those who set fires. The motives of fire-raisers are complex and their behaviour is hard to change. Herschel Prins sets the problem in an historical and anthropological context, examines the size of the problem, its investigation and motivation, in a way which will enable more effective management.

Excerpt

'There are few delinquencies as wayward as fire-raising that will have attracted those of us who count ourselves as law abiding. The almost universal fascination with fire, the awareness of both its comfort and its destructiveness, set the context in which this admirably clear book looks at those for whom this everyday enchantment has turned to pathological expression. Drawing widely on anthropology, psychology and the author's renowned expertise in clinical criminology, Herschel Prins offers a notably accessible consideration of the facts and theories that accompany the study of fire-raising. Case studies and vignettes serve to capture further the various dynamics and motivations that underlie what is one of the least easily understood of the deviant behaviours.

What comes across so clearly from this book is the sheer complexity of fire-raising as something that is adopted by a whole range of distressed, dissatisfied or just plain disagreeable people. By acknowledging this variety, Herschel Prins has given us a comprehensive, thoroughly readable and refreshingly informative summary of how best to understand and manage the fire-raiser.'

Professor David Webb,
Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies,
Nottingham Trent University

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