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Overview

Ideal for use, either as a second text in a standard criminology course, or for a discrete course on biosocial perspectives, this book of original chapters breaks new and important ground for ways today's criminologists need to think more broadly about the crime problem.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583605325
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 281
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Walsh (Ph.D Bowling Green State University) is Professor of Criminal Justice at Boise State University, Idaho. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books and scores of articles and essays on the interplay of biological, social, and cultural factors involving crime and criminality. He is author of the text Biosocial Criminology: Introduction and Integration.

http://cja.boisestate.edu/walsh.htm

Kevin Beaver (Ph.D. University of Cincinnati) is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Florida State University, Tallahassee. He teaches courses on biosocial criminology and genetic / biological correlates of offending and is the author of “Do Parents Matter in Creating Self-Control in their Children? A Genetically Informed Test of Gottfredson and Hirschi’s Theory of Low Self-Control”, which was published in the Journal Criminology.

http://www.criminology.fsu.edu/p/faculty-kevin-beaver.php

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Table of Contents

Foreword iii
Preface vii
Chapter 1 Why Criminology Needs Biology 1
Sociology Contra Biology 2
Criminology and Biology 11
Chapter 2 Behavior Genetics and Criminology 23
What Are Genes? 24
Behavior-Genetic Research Designs Versus SSSM Designs 26
The Concept of Heritability 28
Gene/Environment Interaction and Correlation 38
Behavior Genetics and Criminal Behavior 40
Typical Objections to Behavior Genetics' Assumptions and Research Designs 44
Genes and Human Freedom 47
Chapter 3 Evolutionary Psychology and the Origins of Criminal Behavior 49
The Relevance of Evolutionary Theory to Social Science 50
Natural Selection 51
Thinking in Evolutionary Terms 53
The Environment of Evolutionary Adaptation 57
Natural is Good? 58
The Evolution of Criminal Behavior 59
Specific Evolutionary Theories of Crime 69
Behavior Genetics and Evolutionary Psychology 73
Chapter 4 The Neurohormonal Sciences and Crime 75
The Basic Brain 75
Neural Selectionism and Constructivism 78
The Brain and Its Environment 81
Why Bonding and Attachment are Neurologically Important 84
Abuse, Neglect, and the Developing Brain 87
Chapter 5 Anomie/Strain Theory and Status 97
The Social Structural Tradition 97
Intelligence and SES 107
Temperament and SES 111
Chapter 6 Differential Association/Social Learning Theories and Adolescence 121
The Basics of Differential Association Theory 121
Learning, Attitudes, and Behavior 126
The Basics of Social Learning Theory 126
Gangs and Modernity 129
Differential Association/Social Learning (DA/SL) and Gene/Environment (G/E) Correlation 131
Biosocial Perspectives on Adolescent Antisocial Behavior 139
Chapter 7 Control Theories and the Family 145
Social Control Theory 146
Gottfredson and Hirschi's Low Self-Control Theory 149
The Family: Nursery of Human Nature 152
The Evolution of the Family 154
The Evolution of the Proximate Mechanisms of Attachment 155
The Evolutionary Context of Child Abuse and Neglect 163
The Biology of Low Self-Control 165
Age in Self-Control Theory 167
Chapter 8 Human Ecology/Social Disorganization and Race 169
Social Disorganization 171
Modern Ecological Theory: People or Places? 174
Race and Crime: Explanations 178
Environmentally Contingent Strategies: The Sex Ratio and Illegitimacy 183
The Ecology of the Inner City 188
Testosterone, Dominance, and Honor Subcultures 192
Chapter 9 Critical and Feminist Theories and Conflict 195
Are Critical Theories Incompatible with Biology? 196
Marx's Concept of Human Nature 197
Feminist Criminology 204
Evolutionary Contributions to Understanding Rape and Domestic Violence 214
Chapter 10 Looking Back and Looking Forward 221
What Have We Learned from Biosocial Perspectives? 222
Summarizing the Integration of Biosocial and Traditional Criminological Theories 224
Biosocial Criminology and Ethics 228
References 233
Index 271
Biography 281
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