Crime and Criminality: Social, Psychological, and Neurobiological Explanations
This informative and entertaining book, peppered with personal anecdotes and rich in case studies, adopts a unique approach to studying the causes of crime. Rather than relying on one theoretical position, Boyanowsky borrows from a range of theories to explain criminal behavior and answer questions central to the field of criminology.
Crime and Criminality employs case studies, both notorious and lesser known, to bring theories to life and offer insight into vital contemporary issues, such as domestic violence, child pornography, genocide, the effect of climate change on crime, and the evolution of cybercrime. Engaging, accessible, and comparative in scope, this book is ideal for students and general readers interested in understanding the varied causes of crime. Introductions and summaries in each chapter make this an ideal text for criminology courses.
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- Page Count: 336 pages
- Illustrations: 13
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
"Ehor Boyanowsky has provided something to which every criminology or criminal justice student should be exposed: a summary of empirical approaches to the study of human behavior that truly is based in synthesis. The breadth and depth of coverage in the text is impressive and true to Boyanowsky’s admirable wit, and the writing style makes for an easygoing read. I highly recommend this book for students of human behavior and those interested in understanding antisocial conduct from a multidisciplinary perspective."
Joseph L. Nedelec, School of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati
"Engaging and applicable, Crime and Criminality will appeal to a wide array of students. Particularly excellent is its use of case studies, which will prompt discussion in a classroom environment and can be accompanied by audiovisual material and news stories related to current events pertaining to crime and justice in society. Crime and Criminality is a massive asset and a phenomenal teaching tool in the classroom."
Daniel Alati, Department of Sociology, MacEwan University
"Understanding criminality means understanding how perpetrators think. This book is a highly readable contribution to that end."
Don Dutton, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia
Author InformationEhor Boyanowsky is a retired professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University.
Table of contents
List of Figures and Tables
1. What Is a Crime, What Is Not?
2. A Multidimensional Model of Crime
3. Explanations of Criminality
4. Psychopathy: Dionysius and the Antihero in Society
5. How Criminality Develops
6. The Cognitive and Neurological Bases of Criminality
7. Social Criminogenic Factors
8. Sociopolitical Criminogenic Factors
9. Violence in and of the Family
10. Climate, Aggression, and Crime- Effects of Temperature on Humans and Human Reactions to Environmental Threat
11. Hazardous Waste and Organized or Corporate Crime
12. CyberCrime: Advancing Technology in Aggression, War, and Crime
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