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Anthony Walsh, Charlene Y. Taylor & Ilhong Yun

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

Chapter 6: The Role of Intelligence and Temperament in Interpreting the SES-Crime Relationship

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The Role of Intelligence and Temperament in Interpreting the SES-Crime Relationship
The role of intelligence and temperament in interpreting the SES-crime relationship
AnthonyWalshBoise State University
Charlene Y.TaylorBoise State University
IlhongYunChosun University, South Korea
Socioeconomic Status and Crime

Twenty years ago, Theodore Kemper (1994) noted the importance of socioeconomic status (SES) for understanding social behavior: “Perhaps the fundamental social structure of society is the system of stratification. It so bluntly determines individual conduct, belief, and value preferences, on the one hand, and sheer biological fate on the other … it is the social structure par excellence worthy of close attention” (pp. 47–48). But he also notes that: “if sociology and biology have not been on speaking terms in general, sociological distain for the biological reaches its apogee when it comes to ...

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