Adolphe Quetelet and the Origins of Positivist Criminology

@article{Beirne1987AdolpheQA,
  title={Adolphe Quetelet and the Origins of Positivist Criminology},
  author={Piers Beirne},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={1987},
  volume={92},
  pages={1140 - 1169}
}
  • P. Beirne
  • Published 1 March 1987
  • Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
This article examines the largely unacknowledged contribution of Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874) to the origins of positivist criminology. Quetelet's labors have previously tended to be misrepresented either as a political project that was an unmediated expression of state and class interests or as a discourse that anticipated the subsequent maturation of Lombrosianism and the Chicago school of ecology. It is suggested here, instead, that Quetelet's social mechanics of crime should properly be… 
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