Criminal Woman, the Prostitute, and the Normal Woman (Google eBook)

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Duke University Press, Dec 26, 2003 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Cesare Lombroso is widely considered the founder of the field of criminology. His theory of the “born” criminal dominated discussions of criminology in Europe and the Americas from the 1880s into the early twentieth century. His book, La donna delinquente, originally published in Italian in 1893, was the first and most influential book ever written on women and crime. This comprehensive new translation gives readers a full view of his landmark work.

Lombroso’s research took him to police stations, prisons, and madhouses where he studied the tattoos, cranial capacities, and sexual behavior of criminals and prostitutes to establish a female criminal type. Criminal Woman, the Prostitute, and the Normal Woman anticipated today’s theories of genetic criminal behavior. Lombroso used Darwinian evolutionary science to argue that criminal women are far more cunning and dangerous than criminal men. Designed to make his original text accessible to students and scholars alike, this volume includes extensive notes, appendices, a glossary, and more than thirty of Lombroso’s own illustrations. Nicole Hahn Rafter and Mary Gibson’s introduction, locating his theory in social context, offers a significant new interpretation of Lombroso’s place in criminology.

  

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Contents

Editors Introduction
3
Authors Preface
35
PART I The Normal Woman
39
PART II Female Criminology
89
PART III Pathological Anatomy and Anthropometry of Criminal Woman and the Prostitute
105
PART IV Biology and Psychology of Female Criminals and Prostitutes
157
Comparing Three Editions of La donna delinquente
241
Illustrations in the Earlier Editions
256
Notes
259
Glossary
285
References
291
Index
297
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Cesare Lombroso (1835–1909), an internationally famous physician and criminologist, wrote extensively about jurisprudence, psychiatry, human sexuality, and the causes of crime.

As a young law student, Guglielmo Ferrero (1871–1942) assisted Lombroso with research.

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