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Genetics and Criminality lst ed

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ISBN13: 9781557985804
ISBN: 1557985804
Published: July 2001
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Format: Hardback
Price: £22.50



As scientists come closer to identifying genetic markers for human behaviour, society is challenged to determine how reliable these findings might be and whether they can be used to solve real-life problems. If there are specific genes that predispose people to violence, how should the courts use this genetic information? Does it matter, in prosecution and sentencing, whether a genetic predisposition to criminality exists? How should we weigh this information against environmental influences such as poverty or physical abuse?;This book examines these questions by considering the perspectives of leaders in science, medicine, law and philosophy, perspectives that don't neatly intersect. Essential reading for social scientists and criminal lawyers, ""Genetics and Criminality"" offers a thought-provoking analysis of the delicate balance between knowledge and justice.

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Contents:
On the Threshold - Illusion and Reality in Psychiatric Thought, Gerald N. Grob; ""Big Ideas, Images and Distorted Facts"" -the Insantiy Defence, Genetics and the ""Political World"", Michael L. Perlin; The Genetics of Behaviour and Concepts of Free Will and Determinism, Dan W. Brock and Allen E. Buchanan; Phenomenology of Psychiatric Illnesses with Special Reference to Risk of Violence and Other Criminal Behaviour, Samuel B. Guze; Genetic Research on Mental Disorders, Steven O. Moldin; Criminal Responsibility and the ""Genetics Defence"", Rebecca Dresser; Juvenile Law and Genetics, Mark A. Small; Juvenile Culpability and Genetics, Jeffrey A. Kovnick; A Brave New Crime-Free World?, Mary Coombs; Conclusions and Recommendations - Criminal Law, Leslie Pickering Francis; Conclusions and Recommendations - Juvenile Law, William M. McMahon.