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Biological Perspectives on Race and Crime

ByShaun L. Gabbidon

This chapter examines the earliest theories devoted to race and biology. It devotes considerable attention to the racist origins of these doctrines. The works of Cesare Lombroso and Ernest Hooton get particular attention within the historical overview. Contemporary biological theorists including Wilson and Herrnstein’s in their work, Crime and Human Nature, receive additional analysis. Diana Fishbein’s work on biobehavioral perspectives is also reviewed. The chapter closes by examining theorists who either directly or indirectly point to the relationship between intelligence, race and crime.