Health and Welfare Research Group

18 February 2009, 12:15 - 14:00

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane

Theme for the Lent Term

Abnormal behaviour, medical science, and the law

This term examines the way in which abnormal and ‘anti-social’ behaviour has been conceptualised using a biological model of causation. From an historical perspective, we will examine early constructions of abnormal and deviant behaviour and then explore their relation to current research in genetics and biology.  Our aim is to investigate the legal and political implications of psychiatric, neurological and genetic research and treatment, and to examine how such developments have affected the provision of social welfare. 

Behaviour and biology

Caspi A, McClay J, Moffitt TE, Mill J, Martin J, Craig IW, Taylor A, Poulton R. ‘Role of genotype in the cycle of violence in maltreated children’, Science, 2002, 297, pp851-4.

Rose, N ‘The Biology of Control’ The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton, 2007) pp224-251

Singh, I. "Bad Boys, Good Mothers, and the "Miracle" of Ritalin." Science in Context 15, 04 (2002): 577-603.

Simona Giordano ‘Ethics of Management of Gender Atypical Organisation in Children and Adolescents’ International Public Health Policy and Ethics, Volume 42, 2008, pp249-272 


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