‘This thoughtful, scholarly and readable work by David Jones explores the concepts of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) and psychopathy, from their roots in the nineteenth century notion of "moral insanity" to the present day. His thesis, which is closely argued, is that ASPD is a construction of ideas located between different worlds: especially the social, the cultural and the psychological. Jones makes a clear case that the current focus on the neurophysiological and neuroanatomical accounts of ASPD miss the social dimension and that the social dimension is crucial to understanding the problems of those with ASPD, and the development of possible interventions. This is a highly readable and thought-provoking book and I recommend it to anyone working in the field of ASPD and the psychology of crime.’ - Gwen Adshead, currently Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Ravenswood House, Medium Secure Unit and formerly Broadmoor High Security Hospital, UK
'This is a scholarly, instructive and insightful book. It is a fascinating read and a must for criminal justice professionals, particularly those working in clinical, criminal and legal contexts.' - Monica Lloyd, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK. Formerly Forensic Psychologist in the Prison Service, HM Inspectorate of Prisons and National Offender Management Service.
‘The "psychopath" haunts western culture. But does this figure really exist? David Jones's richly-documented history strikes a welcome sceptical note. Tracing the evolution of psychopathy from early nineteenth-century "moral insanity" through to present-day "antisocial personality disorder", Jones dissects the political and cultural forces shaping these diagnostic categories. An important and provocative book which deserves to be widely read and discussed.’ - Barbara Gold Taylor, Professor of Humanities, Queen Mary University of London, UK
‘.. the book provides a detail-filled chronological overview of the changing characterizations of the "morally insane", "psychopath", or person exhibiting "antisocial personality disorder"... each chapter is thus a stunning journey into a lost world of human artefacts woven into an organic narrative which the author's analytical skills and insights magically bring to life.
Thus, although other books have attempted to review literature on assessment and treatment of deviance in the criminal domain, Jones's work is a must read for its breadth of coverage and keen critical exploration of known facts and viewpoints.
In sum, Disordered personalities and crime: An analysis of the history of moral insanity can help readers of all persuasions to understand the challenges connected with assessment and understanding of individuals who have committed severe crimes.’ Maura Pilotti, Ashford University, Metapsychology Online Reviews
'Jones' thought-provoking book will certainly be of use and interest to forensic psychologists and psychiatrists, historians of the behavioural and medical sciences, lawyers, and those working in correctional settings. This volume will also appeal to those interested in following media descriptions of recent cases of individuals with psychological disorders who have committed heinous crimes but who have been determined not to be guilty because of their psychological condition. ' - Victor Colotla, Provincial government of British Columbia, Canada, PsycCritiques
‘David Jones has produced a concise, engaging and readable treatise. As a clinician, I found it to be interesting and informative, especially the chapter on insanity in the eighteenth century court. The book will be of value mainly to forensic psychiatrists and clinical psychologists and to historians of psychiatry, but will also be on interest to psychiatrists in training.’ -John Callender – History of Psychiatry 27 (3)