Fitting the Facts of Crime

An Invitation to Biopsychosocial Criminology

Chad Posick, Michael Rocque, and J.C. Barnes
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222 pages
5.5 x 8.25
1 tables, 7 figs.

Presenting a biopsychosocial perspective to explain the most common findings in criminology—and to guide future research and public policy

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Description

Biosocial criminology—and biosocial criminologists—focuses on both the environmental and biological factors that contribute to antisocial behavior. Importantly, these two domains are not separate parts of an equation but pieces of the same puzzle that fit together for a complete picture of the causes of crime/antisocial behavior.

Fitting the Facts of Crime applies a biopsychosocial lens to the “13 facts of crime” identified by John Braithwaite in his classic book, Crime, Shame and Reintegration. The authors unpack established facts—about gender and sex, age, environment, education, class, social bonds and associations, stress, and other influences—providing both empirical research and evidence from biopsychosocial criminology to address the etiology behind these facts and exactly how they are related to deviant behavior.

With their approach, the authors show how biopsychosocial criminology can be a unifying framework to enrich our understanding of the most robust and well-established topics in the field. In so doing, they demonstrate how biological and psychological findings can be responsibly combined with social theories to lend new insight into existing inquiries and solutions. Designed to become a standard text for criminology in general, Fitting the Facts of Crime introduces key concepts and applies them to real-world situations.

Reviews

Biology and environment interact to direct human behavior. Crime is no exception. This comprehensive introduction, cleverly organized around Braithwaite’s facts of crime, describes how biological explanations can be integrated with social and psychological explanations to explain offending and to provide a more productive response to it from the criminal justice system. The authors provide a persuasive, balanced, and clear presentation and support it with current real-world examples. The result is an approachable introduction that provides a meaningful organizing framework for understanding crime from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes biology.”
William Alex Pridemore, SUNY Distinguished Professor, School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany–SUNY

A key takeaway from this book is that biological and sociological perspectives are complementary and not competing. Fitting the Facts of Crime will hopefully serve to further open the minds of criminologists to the importance of biology, as well as to ease tensions between more fundamentalist biological and sociological schools of thought. Because of how contentious some debates in this area can be, it is important for a book like this to present information in a neutral, non-defensive way, and to hold the audience from both sides. The authors have successfully accomplished this.
Jillian J. Turanovic, Associate Professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University, and coauthor of Thinking about Victimization: Context and Consequences

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Braithwaite
Preface

1. Introduction: The Promise of Biopsychosocial Criminology for Explaining the Facts of Crime
2. Sex Differences in Criminal Behavior
3. Age Differences in Criminal Behavior
4. Class Differences in Criminal Behavior
5. Peer Associations and Social Learning Influences in Criminal Behavior
6. Social Relationships, Control, and Criminal Behavior
7. Stress and Strain in Criminal Behavior
8. Criminal Justice and Law in Criminal Behavior and Crime Rates
9. Concluding Remarks on the Future of Biosocial Criminology

References
Index

About the Author(s)

Chad Posick is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia Southern University. He is the coauthor of The Criminal Brain: Understanding Biological Theories of Crime, Second Edition (with Nicole Rafter and Michael Rocque) and Great Debates in Criminology (with Michael Rocque).

Michael Rocque is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Bates College. He is the author of The Criminal Brain: Understanding Biological Theories of Crime, Second Edition (with Nicole Rafter and Chad Posick), Desistance from Crime: New Advances in Theory and Research, and Great Debates in Criminology (with Chad Posick).

J.C. Barnes is a Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati and the coauthor of Criminological Theory: A Brief Introduction, Fourth Edition. He is an Associated Investigator with the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, which is run out of the University of Otago in New Zealand.


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