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Future of Biosocial Criminology: Beyond Scholars' Professional Ideology

NCJ Number
Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice Volume: 28 Issue: 3 Dated: August 2012 Pages: 237-253
John Paul Wright; Francis T. Cullen
Date Published
August 2012
17 pages
This article describes biosocial criminology.
In this article the authors describe how the ascendency of biosocial criminology challenges the "sacred values" of the discipline, values that have in the past elevated the professional ideology of criminologists over science. The authors argue that biosocial criminology can lead to a criminology this is rooted more in science and empirical observation than in ideology and that biosocial criminology can link criminology to a diverse array of other disciplines and research methodologies. The forces that would diminish or restrain biosocial criminology, however, cannot be discounted. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.