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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.

A Sociological Analysis of Social Class
A sociological analysis of social class
Karen F.ParkerUniversity of Delaware
ThomasMowenUniversity of Delaware

In this chapter we outline the role social class plays in the larger field of criminology. Like all good criminological investigations our chapter draws from existing theories and paradigms in the field. That is, we examine social class as a key correlate to crime by illustrating how this concept is embedded into criminological theories and thus commonly integrated into empirical work. Our review begins with an examination of micro theories of crime, followed by structural perspectives. The goal is not to provide a full investigation of any given theory, but rather demonstrate the central role social class plays in our theoretical understanding of crime.

Whereas macro-level theories seek to understand ...

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