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B. B. Boutwell, K. M. Beaver, D. B. Cohen, F. H. C. Crick, F. T. Cullen, R. Dawkins, R. J. Herrnstein, C. Murray, S. Pinker, R Plomin, J. C. DeFries, V. S. Knopik, J. M. Neiderhiser, A. Raine, J. P. Wright, K. M. Beaver, M. DeLisi, M. G. Vaughn, D. Boisvert & J. Vaske

In: The Nurture Versus Biosocial Debate in Criminology: On the Origins of Criminal Behavior and Criminality

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Introduction: Why We Need a Nature/Nurture Book in Criminology
Introduction: Why we need a nature/nurture book in criminology

Does the world really need another rehashing of the age-old nature versus nurture debate? Is there anyone left who actually believes that genes or the environment play absolutely no part in the development of human behavior (Pinker, 2002)? Are there really naturalists who think that only biology and genetics are entirely deterministic of our every thought and action? Are there any prophets of sociology left to proselytize the power of nurture, the unending sway of parenting, the overarching omnipotence of culture? While it is hard to imagine any serious scholar taking one of these extreme positions, it is safe to say that the nature versus nurture debate has ...

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