The Nurture Versus Biosocial Debate in Criminology: On the Origins of Criminal Behavior and Criminality

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The Nurture Versus Biosocial Debate in Criminology: On the Origins of Criminal Behavior and Criminality takes a contemporary approach to address the sociological and the biological positions of human behavior by allowing preeminent scholars in criminology to speak to the effects of each on a range of topics. Kevin M. Beaver, J.C. Barnes, and Brian B. Boutwell aim to facilitate an open and honest debate between the more traditional criminologists who focus primarily on environmental factors and contemporary ...
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Overview

The Nurture Versus Biosocial Debate in Criminology: On the Origins of Criminal Behavior and Criminality takes a contemporary approach to address the sociological and the biological positions of human behavior by allowing preeminent scholars in criminology to speak to the effects of each on a range of topics. Kevin M. Beaver, J.C. Barnes, and Brian B. Boutwell aim to facilitate an open and honest debate between the more traditional criminologists who focus primarily on environmental factors and contemporary biosocial criminologists who examine the interplay between biology/genetics and environmental factors.
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Editorial Reviews

Scott Vollum
“The greatest single strength is the uniqueness of topic and approach. Other strengths are the selected topics and structure.”
Hua-Lun Huang
“This text might lead to an intellectual movement in the community of criminology, stimulate criminologists to revise current criminological theories, and help criminologists formulate new criminological theories.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452242255
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin M. Beaver is a professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University and a visiting distinguished professor in the Center for Social and Humanities Research at King Abdulaziz University. He is the past recipient of the American Society of Criminology’s Ruth Shonle Cavan Young Scholar Award and the National Institute of Justice’s Graduate Research Fellowship. He has published widely on the development of antisocial behaviors from a biosocial perspective, and his research on the genetic underpinnings to crime has been featured in major media outlets.

J.C. Barnes is an assistant professor in the Criminology Program at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is a biosocial criminologist whose research seeks to understand how genetic and environmental factors combine to impact criminological phenomena. Recent works have attempted to reconcile behavioral genetic findings with theoretical developments in criminology. He has published more than seventy papers and book chapters in outlets such as Aggressive Behavior, Behavior Genetics, Criminology, Developmental Psychology, Intelligence, Journal of Marriage and Family, Justice Quarterly, Journal of Theoretical Biology, and PLoS ONE.

Brian B. Boutwell is currently an assistant professor in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. His research interests span a variety of disciplines and include behavior genetics, developmental psychology, evolutionary psychology, as well as life course and theoretical criminology. His work has appeared in such journals as Developmental Psychology, Behavior Genetics, Theoretical Biology, Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Aggressive Behavior, among others.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Why We Need a Nature/Nurture Book in Criminology?
PART I: KEY CRIMINOLOGICAL CORRELATES
GENDER
Chapter 1. The Sociological Explanation: Sociological Explanations of the Gender Gap in Offending - Abigail A. Fagan
Chapter 2. The Biosocial Explanation: A Biosocial Explanation for Male-Female Differences in Criminal Involvement - Kevin M. Beaver and Joseph L. Nedelec
RACE
Chapter 3. The Sociological Explanation: Sociological Viewpoint on the Race-Crime Relationship - Nicole Leeper Piquero, Alex R. Piquero, and Eric S. Stewart
Chapter 4. The Biosocial Explanation: Human Bio-diversity and the Egalitarian Fiction - John Paul Wright and Mark Alden Morgan
SOCIAL CLASS
Chapter 5. The Sociological Explanation: A Sociological Analysis of Social Class - Karen F. Parker and Thomas Mowen
Chapter 6. The Biosocial Explanation: The Role of Intelligence and Temperament in Interpreting the SES-Crime Relationship - Anthony Walsh, Charlene Y. Taylor, and Ilhong Yun
PART II: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES
LEARNING THEORY
Chapter 7. The Sociological Explanation: Learning Theories of Crime: Promises and Pitfalls - Jonathan R. Brauer and Jonathan D. Bolen
Chapter 8. The Biosocial Explanation: The Integration of Biological and Genetic Factors into Social Learning Theory - Jamie Vaske
SELF-CONTROL THEORY
Chapter 9. The Sociological Explanation: Self-control and Crime: A Sociological Perspective - Callie H. Burt
Chapter 10. The Biosocial Explanation: Low Self-control is a Brain-Based Disorder - Matt DeLisi
STRAIN THEORY
Chapter 11. The Sociological Explanation: The Role of the Social Environment in General Strain Theory - Robert Agnew
Chapter 12. The Biosocial Explanation: General Strain Theory and Biosocial Criminology: Pathways to Successful Theoretical Integration - John M. Stogner
SOCIAL BONDING THEORY
Chapter 13. The Sociological Explanation: Social Bonding and Crime - Ryan Schroeder
Chapter 14. The Biosocial Explanation: A Biosocial View of Social Bond Theory - Danielle Boisvert
PART III: SPECIFIC TYPES OF ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIORS
INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
Chapter 15. The Sociological Explanation: When Violence is the Norm: Sociological Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence - Tasha A. Menaker and Cortney A. Franklin
Chapter 16. The Biosocial Explanation: Some Kind of Madness: The Biosocial Origins of Intimate Partner Violence - Brian B. Boutwell and Richard Lewis
CHILDHOOD ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR/CONDUCT DISORDER
Chapter 17. The Sociological Explanation: Parents and Peers as Institutions of Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence: Implications for Delinquent Behavior - Carter Rees and Jacob T.N. Young
18. The Biosocial Explanation: A Biosocial Review on Childhood Antisocial Behavior - Chris L. Gibson and Elise T. Costa
DRUG USE AND ABUSE
Chapter 19. The Sociological Explanation: Sociological Criminology and Drug Use: A Review of Leading Theories - J. Mitchell Miller and Holly Ventura Miller
Chapter 20. The Biosocial Explanation: Drug Abuse, Addiction, and Crime: A Cell to Society Perspective - Michael G. Vaughn, Christopher P. Salas-Wright, and Brandy R. Maynard
PART IV: TRENDS, CURRENT ISSUES, AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS
THE CRIME DROP
Chapter 21. The Sociological Explanation: A Sociological Explanation of Crime Rates and Trends - Wesley G. Jennings and Jennifer M. Reingle
Chapter 22. The Biosocial Explanation: Darwin, Dawkins, Wright, Pinker and the Reasons that Crime Declined - Brian B. Boutwell and J.C. Barnes
THE AGE-CRIME CURVE
Chapter 23. The Sociological Explanation: The Age and Crime Relationship: Social Variation, Social Explanations - Jeffery T. Ulmer and Darrell Steffensmeier
Chapter 24. The Biosocial Explanation: The Puzzling Relationship between Age and Criminal Behavior: A Biosocial Critique of the Criminological Status Quo - J.C. Barnes, Cody Jorgensen, Daniel Pacheco, and Michael TenEyck
POLICY IMPLICATIONS
Chapter 25. The Sociological Explanation: Policy Implications of Sociological Theories of Crime: Why are they so Seldom Considered or Discussed? - Danielle J. Baily, Robert Lytle, and Lisa L. Sample
Chapter 26. The Biosocial Explanation: Policy Implications of Biosocial Criminology: Crime Prevention and Offender Rehabilitation - Michael Rocque, Brandon C. Welsh, and Adrian Raine
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