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Crime and Human Nature Hardcover – 1 Aug 1985

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Aug. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131927582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671541309
  • ASIN: 0671541307
  • Package Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.8 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Assembling the latest evidence from the fields of sociology, criminology, economics, medicine, biology, and psychology and exploring the effects of such factors as gender, age, race, and family, two eminent social scientists frame a groundbreaking theoryof criminal behavior. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A classical reading, no doubt.. but sad to see reductionist, Lombrosian - like, one-sided arguments about crime being located entirely on an individual's biology, anatomy and so on, at the expense of a neglect of Social factors, constructions of crime and criminality and so on. The authors define what sorts of crime they are hypothesising about - 'universal crimes', (rape, murder, theft, etc), but their arguments are hugely prejudiced in their assumptions and starting points as to who, which groups, which individuals committ them.. No mentioned of crimes of the powerful, the criminality of the states, crimes against humanity, notions and comparisons of harm, and so on, or how the principles assumedly 'discovered' in this book apply to such other "univeral crimes".. This is a book that is interesting to 'witness' for yourself but definately not the 'truth' or the expected revelation about the 'causes of crime', but this is why there are better books out there..more persuavise and better informed versions of the truth ... Try Bowling & Phillips's (2002)Racism, Crime and Justice ;)
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lovely to understand the context in which it was written.
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Book as described
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5.0 out of 5 stars A study of crime as "agressive, violent, or larcenous behavioer" 3 Sept. 2013
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Many books on criminology bog down in confusion over definitions. The authors, both Harvard professors, describe their work as attempting to explain "not the behavior of 'society' but the behavior of individuals making up a society." Accordingly, it does not split hairs over whether "crime" is merely "any act committed in violation of a law that prohibits it and authorizes punishment for its commitment". They go to the heart of crime, as committed by human beings in a violent manner... "chiefly refer to aggressive, violent, r larcenous behavior; they will be for the most part, about persons who hit, rapport, murder, steal and threaten." In our own time, headlines and police blotters are increasingly filled with violence of extraordinary import and monstrosity. An infant in a stroller is casually shot dead when his mother does not have money to give to a youthful thief. A ten year old boy is thrown off the roof of a Chicago project tower when his mother refuses to pay "protection money" to a resident gang of youthful gangsters. Statistics of violent murder and mayhem in inner cities like Chicago, many by young gangsters with guns in a city that bans guns, puzzles our minds. Things should not go this badly. We look to more responsibility of parents, teachers, communities. And still, violent crime increases. These authors present their findings in a conversational manner, worthy of interesting and spell-binding professors, bent on maintaining the interest of their overburdened students. Their answers are found in a study of human nature, social environment, Factors are considered, from economics to environment, television programming, drugs, and focusing on the young age group of immature and highly emotional younger people who commit most of the violent crimes. How did they get that way? Where did we go wrong? What can be done about it? This book explores and provides answers to those questions. It is a kind of textbook, but is written for people who just want a book they can sit down and read, and absorb the myriad complexities of trying to examine the fragmented puzzle of human behavior. It is friendly and well-written, by people who make their living developing and sharing knowledge, and projecting the fascinating part of behavioral research. It is full of surprises, and interesting observations that you can put in your pocket. I recommend it to anyone interested in Crime in America, and definitely for anyone entering law enforcement as a profession. Criminology is a lifetime study. I turned to Amazon for the widest selection of books on he subject. This is one of the best, and the most readable. It not only studies the problem but reaches conclusions, which then become very handy one-liners that key the book for lecture notes and further study.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time 16 April 2016
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Herrnstein and Wilson write an excellent, accessible tome. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the subject matter of crime and human nature, even in light of new criminological data that further corroborates a more hereditarian approach than before
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Jan. 2017
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Interesting book and in great shape.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book and still relevant 20 May 2016
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This met my expectations 100% The book was in phenomenal shape. Good seller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 26 Jun. 2016
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Excellent transaction and book
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