Crime: Causes and Conditions

Crime: Causes and Conditions

Crime: Causes and Conditions

Crime: Causes and Conditions

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This book differs in so many ways from the usual textbook in criminology that a few words of explanation are appropriate. Crime, being a pattern of social disorganization, has a multiplicity of causations that rest on defects and obstructions in the working order of society. The study of delinquency hence starts with a sociology of crime.

The sociology, biology, and therapy of crime could still be encompassed in one volume, were it not for the wealth of material that has been compiled during the last two decades. This older method is no longer practicable. If the basic trends underlying criminal behavior are to be treated as they should be, minutely and thoroughly covering all vital sociological aspects, they claim the space of a whole volume. The discussion of the other causative factors, i.e., biosociological, geosociological, and biological, must be left to another volume, as must also the grave issues of treatment and prevention of crime. The present author's book, dealing with the biology of crime, is to be published by the Yale University Press in 1947. The third volume, The Therapy of Crime, remains to be written.

Only by an extension of specialization could room be made for the admission of many new problems hitherto omitted or treated superficially. European studies of many years followed by ten years of experience in this country have brought the author into close contact with the living criminal, and it is hoped that the reader may profit from this nearness to a problem that is so extremely difficult for a mere theorist to grasp, to learn, and to teach.

The statistics that complement personal observations and the lessons to be drawn from the many case studies herein have been . . .

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