Criminal man / Cesare Lombroso ; translated and with a new introduction by Mary Gibson and Nicole Hahn Rafter, with translation assistance from Mark Seymour.

  • Lombroso, Cesare, 1835-1909.
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Also known as

Uomo delinquente. English. 2006


Durham, NC ; London : Duke University Press, 2006.

Physical description

xviii, 424 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


Criminal craniums (sixty-six skulls) -- Anthropometry and physiognomy of 832 criminals -- Tattoos -- Emotions of criminals -- Criminals and religion -- Intelligence and education of criminals -- Jargon -- Criminal literature -- Insanity and crime -- Organized crime -- Atavism and punishment -- 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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.
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--Cover.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (p. [411]-416) and index.

Language note

Translated from the Italian.


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