Biological Positivism

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  • Created on: 04-05-15 15:17

Theory

Strengths

  • The scientific study of sociology and crime
  • The reduction and elimination of crime
  • Positivism uses scientific methods of study applied to the social world
  • Quantitative methods of research
  • Criminals are biologically driven because of an abnormality
  • CESARE LOMBROSO
  • Criminals were almost like primitive beings
  • There are a number of physiological characteristics which differentiated criminals
  • The epileptic, insane, ocassional and born criminals
  • SHELDON (1949)
  • Somatypes of the endomorph, mesomorph and ectomorph

Keywords and References

Weaknesses

  • Somatypes
  • Positivism
  • NEWBURN, T. (2013) Criminology. 2nd Ed. Oxon: Routledge.
  • GORING (1913)
  • MATZA (1964)

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