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The Nurture Versus Biosocial Debate in Criminology: On the Origins of Criminal Behavior and Criminality takes a contemporary approach to address the sociological and the biological positions of human behavior by allowing preeminent scholars in criminology to speak to the effects of each on a range of topics. The text aims to facilitate an open and honest debate between the more traditional criminologists who focus primarily on environmental factors and contemporary biosocial criminologists who examine the interplay between biology/genetics and environmental factors.

Social Bonding and Crime
Social bonding and crime
RyanSchroederUniversity of Louisville
Introduction

The social bond, broadly defined as integration of an individual into a social group, is one of the earliest sociological concepts thought to influence behavior. The notion of the social bond in sociology originated from the classic empirical assessment by Emile Durkheim (1951), a foundational sociologist credited with establishing the functionalist tradition in sociology. In his classic work Suicide, Durkheim links the degree of social integration to suicide, a highly personal action that can be related to social structure and social cohesiveness. Durkheim's emphasis, however, was not necessarily suicide; rather, Durkheim was concerned with uncovering the basis of social unity. In his classic work Suicide, Durkheim “viewed suicide as a manifestation of the lack of social ...

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