c-34 - Mental and physical degeneracy is the cause of...

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3/25/09 Constitutional Theories cont… 5. Notion of moral atavism undeveloped 6. Sampling problems - Institutional samples - Circular reasoning Somatotyping William Sheldon - Body build correlates with: 1. Susceptibility to disease 2. Life expectancy 3. Temperament 4. Behavioral tendencies Somatotypes:  1. Endomorphy = round 2. Mesomorphy = muscular 3. Ectomorphy = lean, tall *Not a good representation. *Criminal stereotypes -> society automatically suspects mesomorphics as criminalistic *Every physique contains all three components and determined from height, weight, and  photos. 
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Unformatted text preview: Mental and physical degeneracy is the cause of crime. Biological and mental traits make some people more crime-prone. These traits are present at birth. At the core, we have specific body types. Sheldon attributed personality traits to body type/shape. Constitutional theories come out of positivism->A direct challenge to the free will thinking of the classical school. Criminal behaviors imposed on people due to biological and environmental conditions (determinism). Criminal behaviors are outside of peoples controls....
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course CJUS 200 taught by Professor Kipp during the Winter '09 term at Indiana.

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