Feminist approaches to crime and deviance

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1. What is Radical feminism?

  • Only way to understand crime is through female perspective, research should assume all men prepared to commit crimes against women if given the chance, women make own theories to explain c&d that include threat from men
  • Stress on the position of men and women in general and with reference to crime, can only be understood by locating males and females within context of society divided by sexism and capitalism
  • Based on bringing women into agenda by showing how have been ignored, then greater understanding of female deviance, new theories for both genders
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2. What is Postmodern feminsim?

  • Criminolgy reflects male concerns, 'transgressive criminology' tied to males, never answer female questions, ask what can criminology do for feminism, look at legal & illegal activities that harm women, go beyond boundaries of criminology
  • Stress on the position of men and women in general and with reference to crime, can only be understood by locating males and females within context of society divided by sexism and capitalism
  • Only way to understand crime is through female perspective, research should assume all men prepared to commit crimes against women if given the chance, women make own theories to explain c&d that include threat from men

3. What is Marxism feminism?

  • Stress on the position of men and women in general and with reference to crime, can only be understood by locating males and females within context of society divided by sexism and capitalism
  • Based on bringing women into agenda by showing how have been ignored, then greater understanding of female deviance, new theories for both genders
  • Only way to understand crime is through female perspective, research should assume all men prepared to commit crimes against women if given the chance, women make own theories to explain c&d that include threat from men

4. What is the evaluation of Dworkin?

  • Views can be seen as extreme & controversial, many less radical feminists would not identify sexual relationships between men and women as being inevitably patriarchal
  • Views can be seen as extreme & controversial, many less radical feminists would not identify sexual relationships between men and women as being inevitably matriarchal
  • Views can be seen as traditional & unchallenging, many less radical feminists would identify sexual relationships between men and women as being inevitably patriarchal

5. What is the evaluation of Heidensohn?

  • Sociology has developed since then, more research on gender and crime (eg domestic violence - Dobash & Dobash)
  • Sociology hasnt developed since then, still no research on gender and crime
  • Psychology has research on gender and crime so sociology doesnt need it as much

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