Creating Born Criminals

Creating Born Criminals

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Genetic screening, new reproductive technologies, gene therapies, and the reality of cloning all make biological solutions to human social problems seem possible. Creating Born Criminals shows how history can guide us in our response to the reemergence of eugenics. The first social history of biological theories of crime in sixty years, it examines those theories' origins and content, showing their undue influence on crime control in the United more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 322.58 x 340.36 x 38.1mm | 453.59g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 025206741X
  • 9780252067419
  • 2,035,944

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"In a highly readable and superbly researched study, Dr. Rafter traces the origins of the evocative concept of the 'defective delinquent'. She explores the complex origins of biocriminology, which can be traced to several discrete developments of the mid-nineteenth century, the most important of which was the discovery of abnormal mental states distinct from flagrant insanity... Dr. Rafter never allows us to forget the implications of her work for modern policy-making." -- Phillip Jenkins, American Historical Reviewshow more

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