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.
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.
List of Tables ix List of Illustrations xi Acknowledgments xiv Editors' Introduction 3 Author's Preface 35 Part I The Normal Woman 1 The Female in the Animal World 41 2 Anatomy and Biology of Woman 46 3 Senses and Psyche of Woman 58 4 Cruelty, Compassion, and Maternity 65 5 Love 73 6 The Moral Sense 77 7 Intelligence 82 Part II Female Criminology 8 Crime in the Animal Wlorld 91 9 Crimes of Savage and Primitive Women 95 10 The History of Prostitution 100 Part III Pathological Anatiomy and Antrhpopmetry of Criminal Woman and the Prostitute 11 The Skull of the Female Offender 107 12 Pathological Anomalies 114 13 The Brains of Female Criminals and Prostitutes 118 14 Anthropometry of Female Criminals 121 15 Facial and Cephalic Anomalies of Female Criminals and Prostitutes 127 16 Other Anomalies 131 17 Photographs of Criminals and Prostitutes 135 18 the Criminal Type in women and Its Atavistic Origin 144 19 Tatoos 151 Part IV Biology and Psychology of Female Criminals and Prostitues 20 Menstruation, Fecundity, Vitality, Strength, and Reflexes 159 21 Acuteness of Sense and Vision 165 22 Sexual Sensitivity (Lesbianism and Sexual Psychopathy) 171 23 The Female Born Criminal 182 24 Occasional Criminals 193 25 Crims of Passion 201 26 Suicides 209 27 The Born Prisotiute 213 28 The Occasional Prostitute 222 29 Insane Criminals 227 30 Epileptic Criminals and the Morally Insane 231 31 Hysterical Criminals 234 Appendix 1: Comparing Three Editions of La donna delinquente 241 Appendix 2: Illustrations in the Earlier Editions 256 Notes 259 Glossary 285 References 291 Index 297