Criminological Perspectives on Race and Crime by Shaun L. Gabbidon

By Shaun L. Gabbidon

Ideal to be used in both crime thought or race and crime classes, this is often the one textual content to examine the array of motives for crime as they relate to racial and ethnic populations. every one bankruptcy starts off with a old evaluation of every theoretical standpoint and the way its unique formula and newer derivatives account for racial/ethnic variations. The theoretical views contain these in line with faith, biology, social disorganization/strain, tradition, labeling, clash, social keep watch over, colonial, and feminism. the writer considers which views have proven the main promise within the quarter of race/ethnicity and crime.

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Each produces its pitifully few men of genius, its hordes of the mediocre, its masses of morons, and from the very dregs of its germ plasm, its regiments of criminals. (p. 2 Facial structure of native-born criminal guilty of first-degree murder whose parents were also born in America. (From E. A. Hooton, Crime and the Man, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1939. 3 Facial structure of native-born criminal guilty of second-degree murder whose parents were also born in America. (From E. A.

Crime and the Man: An Ode to Lombroso During the 1930s, Dr. Ernest A. Hooton conducted research to test some of Lombroso’s (whom he admired) ideas (Hooton 1939a, 1939b; for an extended review of Hooton’s work, see Rafter 2004). 4; Hooton 1939a, pp. 69, 96). In his work he examined old Americans or persons whose parents were also born in America. g. ), he concluded that anthropometric BIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES 19 and morphological features were significant, noting that “crime is not an exclusively sociological phenomenon, but is also biological” (Hooton 1939a, p.

First, Rushton generally ignores sociological factors. Most of his cross-national comparisons point strictly to numbers, without taking into account variables such as socioeconomic status, discrimination, and other important sociological variables. Second, in the twenty-first century, there are 42 BIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES very few “pure” races, especially in the United States, where white male sexual aggression against black females during the slave era produced countless mixed-race offspring. Therefore, the rigorous adherence to the black-white-Asian split is problematic.

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