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Why Crime?

Some Causes and Remedies from the Psychological Standpoint, 1st Edition

By Claud Mullins


138 pages

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Originally published in 1945. This book presents the developing opinions contemporary to the post-war period, of the social and psychological roots of criminal actions as seen through the viewpoint of a practising magistrate. Looking at the psychological treatment of delinquents in particular, using actual case experiences, various causes are illustrated, and future preventative interventions are suggested and categorised. Early childhood developmental effects leading to characteristic criminality are distinguished from those societal factors with later and lesser influence, in the opinion of the author. The book discusses the court systems for judging family disputes and divorce in comparison to criminal cases amongst its investigation into the cause of criminality. The author’s ground-breaking work led to much reform in the UK judicial system and this book is a fascinating insight to the history of psychology, law and criminology.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. The Inheritance 2. Parents and Children 3. Breaking Homes 4. Illegitimate Children. Postscript

About the Author

Claud Mullins was a magistrate, lawyer and writer who was responsible for much English judicial reform in the 1930s, especially regarding those in debt and those in court over matrimonial dispute. Some of his views were controversial but he is remembered for his pioneering role in seeking to civilize the legal consequences of family breakdown.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Criminology

Reissuing seven works originally published between 1940 and 1997, this collection spans the time in which Criminology has been a recognised academic discipline. It offers a set of excellent works on diverse aspects of the field from nineteenth century criminality to burglary in the 1980s. The set includes a Dictionary and several works looking at the social and psychological side of crime.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology