Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: November 23, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412959193 | Print ISBN: 9781412959186 | Online ISBN: 9781412959193| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Felson, Marcus K.: Crime and Nature
Crime and Nature is a book in which Marcus K. Felson formulates a perspective on crime that is inspired and influenced by the way the life sciences describe and explain their subject matter. It is not a book on “environmental crime” or on the violation of laws that protect the environment, nor is it concerned with genetic, hormonal, neurological, or other physiological correlates of crime. Similar to other theoretical perspectives that Felson has helped develop, such as routine activity theory and situational crime prevention, the perspective on crime that is articulated in Crime and Nature deals with the tangible and observable aspects of criminal behavior. It is not concerned with the variation in criminal propensity between individuals that is at the heart of etiological theories of crime. According to Felson, all attempts to distinguish “criminal man” have failed and been a waste of time. This view echoes the dominant Crime ...