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Chapter 3 (The Positivist School)

Points Possible: 100

Deliverable Length: 3-4 pages

September 18, 2016 by 11:56 pm

Answer each question (100 points each):

1.  Fully discuss the positivist school of criminology. Include the following points: the importance Lombroso as the ”father” of the school; the assumptions about society, crime, and punishment (especially the emphases on determinism and treatment/rehabilitation.

 2.  It is often argued that Lombroso approach (phrenology/atavism) to the study of crime is technically not a theory, but more accurately described as a set of race and gender stereotypes that cannot be tested.  Give your own opinion of this controversy: do you think Lombroso was sexist and racist? Is there anything in this theory that is worth continued study?

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