Biological ex of offending behaviour


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' 


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