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Assess the value of the chivalry thesis in understanding differences in crime (21 marks)

The Chivalry thesis argues that the most criminal justice agents ­ such as police officers,
magistrates and judges ­ are men, and men are socialised to act in a `chivalrous' way towards
women. For example; Pollak…

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sentences than females who live more `conventional' lives. Carlen found that Scottish judges were
much more likely to jail women whose children were in care than women who they saw as good
mothers. Feminists argue that these double standards exist because the criminal justice system is
patriarchal. Nowhere is this…


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