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Biosocial Criminology

New Directions in Theory and Research, 1st Edition

Edited by Anthony Walsh, Kevin M. Beaver


286 pages

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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.


"I am very excited and enthusiastic to see this manuscript about to be published. Routledge will be doing a great service to the discipline of criminology, its students, and the larger social scientific enterprise by doing so." Chris Gibson, University of Florida

"I am very enthusiastic to see this book published. It represents the cutting edge of theorizing and empirical research regarding the interaction between physiological and environmental perspectives. The research and concepts in this book will convince all criminologists that the biosocial perspective must be considered in all future theoretical developments regarding the explanation of criminal behavior. " Stephen G. Tibbetts, California State University, San Bernardino

Table of Contents

I. Overview of the Biosocial Approach 1. Introduction to Biosocial Criminology 2. Criminal Behavior from Heritability to Epigenetics 3. Molecular Genetics and Crime 4. The Ghost in the 5. Evolutionary Psychology and Crime II. Applications to Important Correlates of Crime 6. Gender and Crime: An Evolutionary Perspective 7. Race 8. Crazy by Design: A Biosocial Approach to the Age-Crime Curve 9. Substance Abuse and Crime: Biosocial Foundations 10. Testosterone and Violence among Young Men III. Serious Violent Criminals 11. Neuroscience and the Holy Grail: Genetics and Career Criminality 12. Psychopathy IV. A Biosocial 13. No Longer Taboo

About the Editors

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.

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.

About the Series

Criminology and Justice Studies

Criminology and Justice Studies publishes books for undergraduate and graduate courses that model the best scholarship and innovative thinking in the criminology and criminal justice field today, but in a style that connects this scholarship to a wide audience of students, researchers, and possibly the general public.

We are particularly interested in proposals that offer a global perspective on crime and justice, that present a novel approach to more traditional areas of study, or that develop a new way to incorporate the wide and evolving array of digital technologies available to college and university instructors. If you have a publishing project to propose, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society