Lombroso’s Reception in the United States

Nicole Rafter

in The Eternal Recurrence of Crime and Control: Essays in Honour of Paul Rock

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199580231
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702280 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Lombroso’s Reception in the United States

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This chapter presents Paul Rock's work on the 19th-century criminologist, Cesare Lombroso. It focuses on Lombroso's reception and reputation and how his contemporaries in North American understood his significance, how they interpreted criminal anthropology, and how they construed his work more generally. The chapter begins with a discussion on the reception of criminal anthropology. It then evaluates Lombroso's reception through publications of translations of Lombroso's main criminological works. It also identifies works by European followers that were published in the USA, other publications by Lombroso, and other relevant publications listed in WorldCat. Finally, it analyses eleven unpublished letters sent to Lombroso from the United States or from American citizens in Europe.

Keywords: Paul Rock; Cesare Lombroso; criminal anthropology; reception; WorldCat

Chapter.  5187 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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