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Textbook on Criminology

Textbook on Criminology (7th edn)

Katherine S. Williams
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date: 23 January 2022

6. Influences of physical factors and genetics on criminalitylocked

6. Influences of physical factors and genetics on criminalitylocked

  • Andrew Sanders,
  • Richard Young
  •  and Mandy Burton

Abstract

Course-focused and comprehensive, the Textbook on series provides an accessible overview of the key areas on the law curriculum. This chapter examines, from both an historical and a contemporary perspective, the assertion that there are biological explanations for crime. It first discusses the birth of positivism and new ideas in biological positivism, and then considers the genetic basis of crime and criminality, covering family studies, twin studies, and adoption studies.

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