- Created by: JocelynOkonkwo
- Created on: 01-12-16 23:37
Biological explanations for offending behaviour: (A01)
An historical approach (atavistic form)
- Atavistic form: A possible explanation for criminal behaviour, centering on the idea that offenders may represent a PRIMITIVE evolutionary stage of development . This may be shown in a range of facial and physical features
- In other words, these criminals were less civilised and had more in common with evolutionary ancestors - so they were seen as wilder and not suited to the culture or society in the late 1800s
- This early historical perspective for explaining offending behaviour was suggested by an crimonologist called Cesare Lombroso
- Called these distingusing features as 'atavistic'