Topic 12 Evolutionary Approaches to Crime and Violence for BLACKBOARD

Topic 12 Evolutionary Approaches to Crime and Violence for BLACKBOARD

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6/14/11 Early biological approaches to crime Lombroso (1835 – 1909) physical features of prisoners low foreheads & prominent jaws smaller than average person in population (ectomorphs) “born criminals”
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6/14/11 Early biological approaches to crime Research has since refuted Lombroso No correlation between structure of person’s jaw/ forehead and crime What about “ectomorphs” finding? mesomorphs
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6/14/11 Contemporary Evolutionary Approaches Refresher on general approach Why it does not focus on individual differences (psychic unity) How might it address patterns of violence & homicide? Most violent crimes tend to be committed by young males
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6/14/11 Contemporary Evolutionary Approaches Whether crimes (can) entail aggressive or physically demanding behavior. also explains drop in criminal behavior in late 20s / early 30s – Production of hormones linked to risk and aggression hormones much more prevalent in men than women and decline w/ age Evolutionary bases of competition and risk aversion Ultimate causes versus proximate mechanisms
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This note was uploaded on 06/14/2011 for the course SOCY 101 taught by Professor Simpson during the Fall '07 term at South Carolina.

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Topic 12 Evolutionary Approaches to Crime and Violence for BLACKBOARD

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