Psychological Criminology : An Integrative Approach
This book provides a comprehensive coverage of psychological theories of crime and criminality, exploring theories focusing on factors present at birth (human nature, heredity); theories that focus on factors that influence the offender over the lifespan (learning, development); and theories focusing on factors present at the crime scene. It emphasizes the connections among the different approaches, and demonstrates how, taken together rather than as rival explanations, they provide a more complete picture of crime and criminality than each provides individually. Theories are arranged throughout the book in a temporal sequence, from distal to proximal causes of crime. The analysis spans 100,000 years, from the evolutionary roots of criminal behaviour in the ancestral environments of early humans on the African savana, to the decision to engage in a specific criminal act.
Key features of the book include:
a focus on theory - `explaining' crime and criminality,an integrative approach,accessible to readers who do not have a background in psychology.
Psychological Criminology highlights the contributions that psychological theory can make to the broader field of criminology; it will be of interest to students, academics, researchers and practitioners in both criminology and forensic psychology.
- Paperback | 276 pages
- 154 x 232 x 18mm | 421.84g
- 25 May 2011
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Willan Publishing
- Cullompton, United Kingdom
- 18 Line drawings, black and white; 10 Tables, black and white; 18 Illustrations, black and white
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Psychological Criminology should be essential reading for psychologists and all others who are interested in understanding the causes of offending.
It is a very impressive, comprehensive and empirically-based review of psychological, biological, situational and other major explanations of crime. - David P. Farrington, Professor of Psychological Criminology, University of Cambridge
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