Biosocial criminology

The future is here

Authored by: Michael G. Vaughn , Matt DeLisi

The Routledge International Handbook of Biosocial Criminology

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415722131
eBook ISBN: 9781315858449
Adobe ISBN: 9781317936749


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At the close of 2013, a cursory Google Scholar search yields over 4300 hits for the keywords “biosocial criminology.” If the search parameters are restricted to the past five years, the yield is approximately 45 percent (N = 1880) of that total. This means that in the past five years, the scientific literature discussing biosocial criminology has nearly doubled, a result of increasing numbers—and types—of journals publishing papers on this subject. In addition to leading criminology and criminal justice journals, a wide swath of prestigious scientific journals has published or now regularly publishes results from studies on the biosocial underpinnings of crime and antisocial behavior. A partial rendering of these outlets includes Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, International Journal of Epidemiology, American Journal of Psychiatry, JAMA Psychiatry (formerly Archives of General Psychiatry), and Nature Neuroscience. The biosocial approach has even penetrated the galleys of the American Sociological Review and American Journal of Sociology.

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