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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.

Some Kind of Madness: The Biosocial Origins of Intimate Partner Violence
Some kind of madness: The biosocial origins of intimate partner violence
Brian B.BoutwellSam Houston State University
RichardLewisSam Houston State University

Violent acts perpetrated toward loved ones—including intimate partners who share our homes, our lives, and our affections—represent an especially egregious form of aggression to contemplate. There is no shortage of scholars in the academy, fortunately, who are willing to devote considerable effort to probing the origins of intimate partner violence (IPV). Generally absent (in the field of criminology specifically), however, has been an attempt to fully consider the possibility that biology might partially underpin the behaviors so closely scrutinized by IPV researchers.1 This is not wholly unexpected, though, given that to even mention biology in the context ...

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