Biology and Criminology
The Biosocial Synthesis
Routledge – 2009 – 353 pages
Numerous criminologists have noted their dissatisfaction with the state of criminology. The need for a new paradigm for the 21st century is clear. However, many distrust biology as a factor in studies of criminal behavior, whether because of limited exposure or because the orientation of criminology in general has a propensity to see it as racist, classist, or at least illiberal. This innovative new book by noted criminologist Anthony Walsh dispels such fears, examining how information from the biological sciences strengthens criminology work and both complements and improves upon traditional theories of criminal behavior. With its reasoned case for biological science as a fundamental tool of the criminologist, Walsh's groundbreaking work will be required reading for all students and faculty within the field of criminology.
1. Why Criminology Needs Biology 2. Genetics and Criminality 3. Evolutionary Psychology and Criminology 4. The Neurosciences and Criminality 5. The Anomie/Strain Tradition and Socioeconomic Status 6. The Social Learning Tradition and Adolescence 7. The Control Tradition and the Family 8. The Human Ecology/Social Disorganization Tradition and Race 9. The Critical Tradition and Conflict 10. Feminist Criminology and Gender 11. Retrospect and Prospect
Anthony Walsh is a professor of criminal justice at Boise State University. He has had field experience in both law enforcement and corrections. He currently teaches criminology, statistics and law, and his major research interest is biosocial criminology. He has published 20 books and over 100 articles, mostly on biosocial topics.