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
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- Thread Starter
- 05-11-2016 17:18
- 07-11-2016 18:04
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.