Discuss theories of crime

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What are the theories of crime that you are going to discuss?
Lombroso's Atavism (physiological), Sheldon's somatotypes, Osborn & West & Farrington (genetic), Eysenck (psychological)
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What was Lombroso's theory about?
Lombroso suggested that physiological features and criminal behaviour were linked and argues that criminals aren't fully evolved and therefore are easy to spot.
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What was wrong with Lombroso's theory?
He didn't compare the criminals with a control group of non-criminals. Also raised ethical issues.
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Who supported Lombroso's theory?
Goring (1913) found the common link between criminals was low intelligence which is genetic.
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Has there been any modern research to support Lombroso's theory?
No. There has been no modern evidence to support his theory.
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Lombroso suggested that physiological features and criminal behaviour were linked and argues that criminals aren't fully evolved and therefore are easy to spot.

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What was wrong with Lombroso's theory?

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Has there been any modern research to support Lombroso's theory?

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