Biosocial Criminology

  • Anthony Walsh
  • Kevin M. Beaver
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Biosocial criminology is a perspective that takes seriously the fact that any meaningful human action is always the result of individual propensities interacting with environmental instigation. Moir and Jessel (1995, p. 10) have asserted that “the evidence that biology is a central factor in crime, interacting with cultural, social, and economic factors, is so strong…that to ignore it is perverse.” Yet it is ignored more often than not, and few criminologists consider themselves “perverse” for doing so. Biosocial criminologists know how difficult it will be to convince their mostly sociologically trained colleagues (Walsh & Ellis, 2004) that the biosocial perspective has much to offer, for it has been said that sociologists are not simply oblivious to biology, but “militantly and proudly ignorant” (van den Berghe, 1990, p. 177).


Quantitative Trait Locus Antisocial Behavior Criminal Behavior Mating Effort Social Disorganization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony Walsh
    • 1
  • Kevin M. Beaver
    • 2
  1. 1.Boise State UniversityBoiseUSA
  2. 2.Florida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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