9780415989435

Biosocial Criminology: New Directions in Theory and Research

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415989435

  • ISBN10:

    0415989434

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-10-01
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

This book is designed to bring criminology into the 21 st century by showing how leading criminologists have integrated aspects of the biological sciences into their discipline. These authors cover behavior and molecular genetics, epigenetics, evolutionary biology, and neuroscience, and apply them to various correlates of crime such as age, race, and gender. There are also chapters on substance abuse, psychopathy, career criminals, testosterone and treatment. While not trashing traditional ideas about these topics, the authors of these chapters show how biosocial concepts add to, complement, and strengthen those ideas. The book is uniquely valuable in that it brings together many of the leading figures in biosocial criminology to illustrate how the major issues and concerns of criminologists cannot be adequately addressed without understanding their genetic, hormonal, neurological, and evolutionary bases.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Contributorsp. xi
Forewordp. xiv
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xviii
An Overview of the Biosocial Approachp. 1
Introduction to Biosocial Criminologyp. 7
Criminal Behavior from Heritability to Epigenetics: How Genetics Clarifies the Role of the Environmentp. 29
Molecular Genetics and Crimep. 50
The Ghost in the Machine and Criminal Behavior: Criminology for the 21st Centuryp. 73
Evolutionary Psychology and Crimep. 90
Major Correlates of Crimep. 111
Gender and Crime: An Evolutionary Perspectivep. 117
Inconvenient Truths: Science, Race, and Crimep. 137
Crazy by Design: A Biosocial Approach to the Age-Crime Curvep. 154
Substance Abuse and Crime: Biosocial Foundationsp. 176
Testosterone and Violence among Young Menp. 190
Serious Violent Criminals and Biosocial Approaches to Crime Preventionp. 205
Neuroscience and the Holy Grail: Genetics and Career Criminalityp. 209
Psychopathyp. 225
No Longer Taboo: Crime Prevention Implications of Biosocial Criminologyp. 243
Glossary/Indexp. 265
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