The Classical School Of Criminology And Biological Positivism

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There are many unique theories as to why humans commit crime, engage with others in crime, and are lured or motivated by a criminal lifestyle. By studying these theories, one is afforded a chance to develop and then test potential solutions to this enormous social problem that has afflicted humanity since the beginning of time. The various ways of deterring, controlling, preventing, and punishing crime throughout history has changed drastically. Attempting to attack the problem of crime head on, has not worked; so developing different ways to learn why, adapt, and address the root causes of crime is the current strategy. One very important point is that the structural frameworks and contributions from both classical school of criminology and biological positivism have been plentiful and profound. Modern criminology is the product of two main theories: the classical school from 18th century and the positivist school from 19th century. These two types of unit theories are what I am going to specifically address in this assignment. There are many characteristic similarities and differences within these theories. There are also limitations of each theory, but the importance of both theories are that they are invaluable. Due to the fact that the majority of the theories formed after them draw from either one or both theories covered in this paper. A basic understanding of both classical and biological positivism schools of thought is necessary to understand how…

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