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Criminal Man - Mary Gibson

Criminal Man

By: Cesare Lombroso, Mary Gibson (Translator), Nicole Hahn Rafter (Translator)

Paperback Published: 6th July 2006
ISBN: 9780822337232
Number Of Pages: 448

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Cesare Lombroso is widely considered the founder of criminology. His theory of the "born" criminal dominated European and American thinking about the causes of criminal behavior during the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth. This volume offers English-language readers the first critical, scholarly translation of Lombroso's "Criminal Man," one of the most famous criminological treatises ever written. The text laid the groundwork for subsequent biological theories of crime, including contemporary genetic explanations.

Originally published in 1876, "Criminal Man" went through five editions during Lombroso's lifetime. In each edition Lombroso expanded on his ideas about innate criminality and refined his method for categorizing criminal behavior. In this new translation, Mary Gibson and Nicole Hahn Rafter bring together for the first time excerpts from all five editions in order to represent the development of Lombroso's thought and his positivistic approach to understanding criminal behavior.

In "Criminal Man," Lombroso used modern Darwinian evolutionary theories to "prove" the inferiority of criminals to "honest" people, of women to men, and of blacks to whites, thereby reinforcing the prevailing politics of sexual and racial hierarchy. He was particularly interested in the physical attributes of criminals--the size of their skulls, the shape of their noses--but he also studied the criminals' various forms of self-expression, such as letters, graffiti, drawings, and tattoos. This volume includes more than forty of Lombroso's illustrations of the criminal body along with several photographs of his personal collection. Designed to be useful for scholars and to introduce students to Lombroso's thought, the volume also includes an extensive introduction, notes, appendices, a glossary, and an index.

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"Cesare Lombroso's Criminal Man has long been a classic of criminology. Mary Gibson and Nicole Hahn Rafter, in offering this finely annotated translation and showing the progression of Lombroso's thought through five editions of the book, have made a great contribution to a broader understanding of this towering, yet often misrepresented, figure and his classic text. With its lucid introduction by Gibson and Rafter, and many original illustrations, this book will be a precious resource for the history of criminology and for European intellectual and social history more generally."-David I. Kertzer, author of Prisoner of the Vatican: The Popes' Secret Plot to Capture Rome from the New Italian State
"Gibson and Rafter successfully show the evolution and complexity of Lombroso's theories, and even the contradictions within them, which are obscured in standard textbook summaries. . . . [T]his volume remains a valuable contribution towards the study of criminology, intellectual European history and social history more generally." -- Chiara Beccalossi, History of the Human Sciences

List of Tables
List of Illustrations
Editors' Introduction
Edition 1 (1876)
Editors' Foreword
Author's Preface
Criminal Craniums (Sixty-six Skulls)
Anthropometry and Physiognomy of 832 Criminals
Emotions of Criminals
Criminals and Religion
Intelligence and Education of Criminals
Criminal Literature
Insanity and Crime
Organized Crime
Atavism and Punishment
Edition 2 (1878)
Editors' Foreword
Author's Preface
Suicide among Criminals
Criminals of Passion
Recidivism, Morality, and Remorse
Handwriting of Criminals
Etiology of Crime: Weather and Race
Etiology of Crime: Civilization, Alcohol, and Heredity
Etiology of Crime: Age, Sex, Moral Education, Genitals, and Imitation
Prevention of Crime
Penal Policy
Giovanni Cavaglia
A Medical Examination of Parricide and Insanity
Edition 3 (1884)
Editors' Foreword
Author's Preface
Crime and Inferior Organisms
Crime and Prostitution among Savages
Origins of Punishment
Moral Insanity and Crime among Children
Anomalies of the Brain and Internal Organs
Photographs of Born Criminals
Sensitivity and Blushing in Criminals
Moral Insanity and Born Criminality
Summary of Edition 3
Edition 4 (1889)
Editors' Foreword
Author's Preface
Metabolism, Menstruation, and Fertility
Criminal Communication
Art and industry among Criminals
The Epileptic Criminal
Epileptics and Born Criminals
Physiology and Etiology of Epilepsy
The Insane Criminal
Biology and Psychology of Insane Criminals
The Alcoholic Criminal
The Hysterical Criminal
The Mattoid
The Occasional Criminal
Edition 5 (1896-97)
Editors' Foreword
Criminal Craniums (689 Skulls)
Anthropometry and Physiognomy of 6,608 Criminals
Political Criminals
Etiology of Crime: Urban Density, Alcoholism, Wealth, and Religion
Etiology of Crime: Heredity, Sex, and Politics
Prevention of Crime
Synthesis and Penal Applications
Comparison of the Five Italian Editions
Illustrations in the Five Italian Editions
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ISBN: 9780822337232
ISBN-10: 0822337231
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 6th July 2006
Publisher: Duke University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.64

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