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Explain whether or not evolutionary theory accounts for criminal behavior and why, using specific examples

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Thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are being asked to provide a position on a particular theory. This means taking a yes or no approach and then defending that position with examples. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. Your position & the theory - 100 words
2. Examples - 150 words

This should be enough to cover what you need. If you need more details, you can use the listed resources to further explore the topic. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Evolutionary Theory & Criminal Behavior

Evolutionary theory is among the many theories that criminologists, sociologists and psychologists utilize to explore and explain criminal thinking and behavior. As a theory, it is rather broad and is divided into 2 paths - one that explains violence crime and the other the pursuit of sexual pleasure. While it has its roots in early positions that posit that criminal behavior and thinking is innate - the much criticized and much disproven biological determinism, I believe that present-day evolutionary theory can explain criminal behavior as it considers biological and evolutionary factors as well as environmental factors that can trigger and nurture passed-on traits that genetics carry which in turn result to disruptive, and eventually, criminal behavior. Broadly, it ...

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