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I'm writing an essay, evaluating the biological explanation of crime. Apparently, not all criminals have brain abnormalities, so I'm wondering if anyone knows of a criminal who has no brain abnormalities because usually, we find that violent criminals, for example, have differences in brain structure and functioning compared to those who aren't criminals. Thanks
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Are you limiting your essay to violent criminals?

Perhaps look at other causes of crime without a biological explanation, but deterministic (e.g. Sociological positivism) like strain theory (Look at the work of Durkheim/Merton/Agnew). Another suggestion is to look at twin studies which look at the combination of environmental issues and genetic links (Barnes et al, 2014 52(4) Crim. 588)

You could also consider the theories of crime, which focus more on a free will/rationalism explanation. Research things like Routine Activity Theory (Cohen & Felson), Rational Choice Theory (Clarke & Cornish), Neutralisation Techniques (Sykes & Matza), Labelling Theory (Lemert, Tannenbaum).
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Situation, survival, surely plays a part in a lot of crime. And that's got nothing to do with brain abnormalities. If you've been abused in childhood for example, shorter temper, more sensative, feel under threat easier, defensive, all can lead to violence.
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