Feminist approaches to crime and deviance

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1. What are the four reasons for malestream criminolgy?

  • Male dominance of offenders, Male domination of sociology, Vicarious identification (funders are usually male so fund interest studies), Sociological theorising (theories ignore females
  • Male dominance of offenders, Male domination of sociology, Vicarious identification (male interests stuidied, in crime is marginal and exciting), Sociological theorising (theories ignore females)
  • Male dominance of offenders, Male domination of sociology, Vicarious identification (male interests stuidied, in crime is marginal and exciting), Male economic success (male sociologists have funding for male studies)
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2. 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

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 gender ratio of offenders?

  • 50% male 50% female
  • 80% male, 20% female
  • 80% female, 20% male

5. What is the evaluation of Heidensohn?

  • Psychology has research on gender and crime so sociology doesnt need it as much
  • 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

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