Inventing Criminology: Essays on the Rise of 'Homo Criminalis'

Author:   Piers Beirne
Publisher:   State University of New York Press
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9780791412763


Pages:   288
Publication Date:   11 February 1993
Format:   Paperback
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Inventing Criminology: Essays on the Rise of 'Homo Criminalis'


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This book traces the intellectual history of criminology, analyzing the influence of early classical European concepts of criminality and the development of positivist methodologies. It is an original and carefully researched work, adding significantly to our knowledge of the history of criminology. From Cesare Beccaria's Dei delitti e delle pene to Charles Goring's The English Convict , Beirne offers refreshing and challenging insights on the intellectual and social histories of a variety of important concepts and movements in criminology.

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Author:   Piers Beirne
Publisher:   State University of New York Press
Imprint:   State University of New York Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.408kg
ISBN:  

9780791412763


ISBN 10:   0791412768
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   11 February 1993
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of print, replaced by POD   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Illustrations Acknowledgments Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Toward a Science of Homo Criminalis: Cesare Beccaria's Dei Delitti e Delle Pene (1764) Images of Dei Delitti e Delle Pene Reading Dei Delitti e Delle Pene as a Text of Enlightenment Enlightenment and Darkness The Science of Man in Dei Delitti e Delle Pene From the Science of Man to Homo Criminalis Chapter 3. The Rise of Positivist Criminology: Adolphe Quetelet's Social Mechanics of Crime The Failure of the Classical Project The Statistical Movement and the Compte General Quetelet's Social Mechanics of Crime Quetelet and His Critics Chapter 4. The Social Cartography of Crime: A. M. Guerry's Statistique Morale (1833) The Movement in Cartography Crime, Development, and Education in Statistique Morale Crime and Education: Statistique Morale and British Empirical Research Chapter 5. Between God and Statistics: Gabriel Tarde and Neoclassical Criminology Classical Penality and the Positivist Revolution The Critique of Lombroso's Criminal Man From Moral Statistics to a Social Psychology of Crime The Normality of Crime: Tarde's Debate with Durkheim Crime and Penality: The Neoclassical Compromise Conclusion Chapter 6. Science, Statistics, and Eugenics in Charles Goring's The English Convict (1913) Calculations of Criminality: The Lombrosian Challenge The English Convict 1: Confronting Lombrosianism The English Convict 2: Mental Hereditarianism and Eugenics A Reconsideration of The English Convict Chapter 7. Epilogue Appendix: The Invention of the Term Criminology Bibliography Index

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The attempt to transform the conventional connection between classicism and positivism is very original, yet with an originality which has strong contemporary connections. - Alan Hunt, Professor of Law and Sociology, Carleton University, Ontario Beirne is so deeply immersed in his materials that he is able to go far beyond the usual cliches to make observations about which I frequently said to myself, 'Yes, of course that is what is going on here! Why didn't I see that myself? - Nicole Hahn Rafter, College of Criminal Justice, Northeastern University


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Piers Beirne is Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Southern Maine.

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