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Gender patterns in crime:
Most crime appears to be committed by males
Heidensohn - gender differences are perhaps the most significant feature of recorded crime - official
statistics show that 4/5 convicted offenders in England and Wales are male

Chivalry Thesis:
Pollak - men have a protective attitude towards women…

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White m/c youths - have to subordinate themselves to teaches in order to achieve m/c status
(accommodating masculinity in school). Outside of school, masculinity takes an oppositional form
(e.g. through drinking)
White w/c youths - less chance of educational success so masculinity is oppositional in and out of
school, constructed…

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