Feminist Criminology

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  • Created on: 03-04-15 10:38
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  • Feminist Criminology
    • Basics
      • Female offenders rarely feature in early criminological work
      • Early work has a set of assumptions about both gender and crime which at the core features men
      • Delinquency and crime is often seen as highly unfeminie
      • Feminist criminology aims to understand the nature of female offending and the treatment of women within the CJS
      • the role of patriarchy in women's oppression and marginalisation, influencing the decision to commit crimes
      • Women commit far fewer seriously crimes than men
      • Women are also informally controlled so find it hard to deviate and commit crime
      • When prosecuting women they are often viewed as being mad or have been influenced by factors that are outside of their control
    • SMART
      • the seperate study of men and women would lead to further marginalisation of women in research
      • The increasing attention of women in research could also lead to increasing CJS attention on such actions
      • Women can be seen as being doubly deviant as they not only break the law but trangress their assumed gender roles
      • Four characteristics to female offending
        • fear and impact of deviant stigma
        • heterogeneity of their offences
        • the experience of double deviance and double jeopardy
        • Economic rationality
    • Feminist Work
      • Five key elements
        • gender relatinos and constructs of masculinity and femininity are not symmetrical
        • gender and gender relations order social life and social institutions in fundamental ways
        • Systems of knowledge reflect mens views of the social world
        • gender is not a natural fact
        • women should be at the centre of intellectual inquiry


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