Biology and Crime

Paperback | November 5, 2001

byDavid C. RoweForeword byDavid P. Farrington

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Biology and Crime profiles biological approaches to understanding why some people are criminals and others not. Written by internationally recognized behavioral geneticist David C. Rowe, the book offers instructors and students a brief, contemporary presentation of biological approaches tocrime with a minimum of jargon. (A background in the biological sciences is not required.) Boxes highlight special topics and examples drawn from newspaper stories to spark student interest. Chapters cover: * Behavioral genetics * Evolutionary approaches to crime * Biological tests for criminal disposition * The human genome and crime * The environment and crime * Ethical and policy implications This book will enrich students' appreciation of the nexus of biology and crime--without negating non-biological theories of crime.

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Biology and Crime profiles biological approaches to understanding why some people are criminals and others not. Written by internationally recognized behavioral geneticist David C. Rowe, the book offers instructors and students a brief, contemporary presentation of biological approaches tocrime with a minimum of jargon. (A background i...

David C. Rowe is at University of Arizona.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:162 pages, 5.91 × 8.9 × 0.39 inPublished:November 5, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195330099

ISBN - 13:9780195330090

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Chapter 1: Introduction to Biology and CrimeTwo Biological Perspectives on CrimeLevels of Biological AnalysisEnvironmental InfluencesChapter 2: The Heritability of Criminal DispositionIdentical Twins and CrimeHow to Interpret Heritability CoefficientsInferring Genetic Influence on Behavioral CharacteristicsEnvironmental InfluencesShared and Nonshared Environmental InfluenceEstimating Genetic and Environmental Influences in Behavioral Genetic ResearchDesignsMednick's Classic Adoption Study of CrimeThe Developmental PerspectivePsychiatric Disorders and CriminalityChapter 3: The Evolutionary Perspective on CrimePerspectives on Human Behavior and EvolutionSexual Selection and Sex Differences in CrimeKin Selection and CrimeIndividual Differences and EvolutionEvolutionary Theory of Biological Differences in Criminal DispositionThe Alternative Strategy TheoriesChapter 4: Does the Body Tell? Biological Characteristics and Criminal DispositionFinding the Physiological Basis of Criminal DispositionBlood and Saliva Tests of Criminal DispositionSerotonin LevelsHeart Rate Tests of Criminal DispositionSkin Conductance Tests of Criminal DispositionTests of Brain Anatomy and FunctionChapter 5: A Gene for Crime? Molecular Genetics and Criminal DispositionAn Introduction to Molecular GeneticsVariation at the Level of the GeneGenes and the Determination of Behavioral CharacteristicsMethods of Finding Genes Related to Behavioral TraitsSpecific Genes Related to Criminal DispositionThe Dopamine Receptor (D4) GeneA Serotonin GeneThe MAOA GeneChapter 6: Environmental Influences in Light of Genetic FindingsPeer Groups, Gangs, and CrimeGenotype x Environment InteractionsHistorical Changes in CrimeChanging Crime Rates Without Affecting the Root Causes of CrimeChanging Crime Rates By Affecting the Root Causes of CrimeChapter 7: A Look Ahead: Implications for Criminal Justice Policy and Ethical ConcernsThe Medical Model vs. the Criminal Justice ModelUsing Biological Markers to Predict Future CharacteristicsPredicting Criminal Disposition from Genetic InformationIn the Name of EugenicsEugenic Policies and Criminal DispositionWhy the Criminal Justice System is Not Scientifically-Based