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Social construct vs Biological Perspective (Nature v Nurture) watch

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    I'm doing a masters but haven't done sociology in a while so am slightly slow in writing my essay which is basically on Social Construct and Biological explanation of crime (Nature v Nurture). I just wanted some kind of idea on how to structure the question or where to look for some research to support either of the perspective


    It is an interesting debate and you will do well to come up with an answer that bites. The YJB have a lot of research you may use as the ASSET assessment tool identifies the level of risk for re-offending. There is a mix of both but a lot of weight does go down on the nurture side. They had some stats on ADHD some time ago which may help with biological factors. A lot of money is currently going into Autistic spectrum and issues relating to crime, perhaps you could dig around for that. I think Cardiff were advertising for a funded PhD earlier on the year.

    There was an article I read 3 years ago that related to unravelling the genome and how certain brain patterns were being identified as linked to risk takers. Of course as crime is a social construct you cannot have a gene for criminality, but there are other traits around offending.

    If I were doing it I would personally follow the YJB guidance and how the calculate risk. A lot of time and money has gone into Youth Justice. Psychology is not really my thing but I am sure you can find something relating to brain functioning and plasticity.

    For any Post-Grad, the people in the learning centre are the first place to stop.

    Good Luck
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