Key Theorists

A list of key theorists related to juvenile delinquency with links to their webpages and photographs.

Preclassical and Classical Theories of Crime

Early Biological Theories of Crime

Pre-Darwin perspectives

  • Craniometry
  • Phrenology
  • Physiognomy

Post-Darwin perspectives

Early Social Structural Theories

Modern Biological Perspectives

  • Family studies
  • Twin studies
  • Adoption studies
  • Studies of twins separated at birth
  • Cytogenetic studies examining XYY chromosome abnormality
  • Hormones
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Neurophysiology--the Central Nervous System (CNS)

Modern Psychological Theories

Strain/Anomie Theories

Social Disorganization Perspective

Learning Theories

Subcultural Theories

Control Theories/Neoclassical Criminology

Modern Classical Perspective

Social Reaction, Critical, and Feminist Theories

  • Marxist feminism
  • Black feminist criminology 
  • Radical feminism

Life-Course Perspective