‘The “psychopath” haunts western culture. But does this figure really exist? David Jones’s richly-documented history strikes a welcome sceptical note. Tracing the evolution of psychopathy from early nineteenth-century “moral insanity” through to present-day “antisocial personality disorder”, Jones dissects the political and cultural forces shaping these diagnostic categories. An important and provocative book which deserves to be widely read and discussed.’ – Barbara Gold Taylor, Professor of Humanities, Queen Mary University of London, UK
‘This thoughtful, scholarly and readable work by David Jones explores the concepts of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) and psychopathy, from their roots in the nineteenth century notion of “moral insanity” to the present day. His thesis, which is closely argued, is that ASPD is a construction of ideas located between different worlds: especially the social, the cultural and the psychological. Jones makes a clear case that the current focus on the neurophysiological and neuroanatomical accounts of ASPD miss the social dimension and that the social dimension is crucial to understanding the problems of those with ASPD, and the development of possible interventions. This is a highly readable and thought-provoking book and I recommend it to anyone working in the field of ASPD and the psychology of crime.’ – Gwen Adshead, currently Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Ravenswood House, Medium Secure Unit and formerly Broadmoor High Security Hospital, UK
‘This is a scholarly, instructive and insightful book. It is a fascinating read and a must for criminal justice professionals, particularly those working in clinical, criminal and legal contexts.’ – Monica Lloyd, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK. Formerly Forensic Psychologist in the Prison Service, HM Inspectorate of Prisons and National Offender Management Service.