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NCJ Number: 120598 Find in a Library
Title: Feminist Theory, Crime, and Justice
Journal: Criminology  Volume:27  Issue:4  Dated:(November 1989)  Pages:605-631
Author(s): S S Simpson
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 27
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Feminist research has expanded beyond its origins in women's studies and has influenced other disciplines like criminology, in which it has focused extensively on female offenders, female victims, and criminal justice processing of female offenders.
Abstract: Feminism is not a single theory, however. Its diverse perspectives and agendas each rest on different definitions of the problem, on competing views of the origins and mechanisms of gender inequality and oppression, and on divergent strategies for its eradication. The more liberal feminist approaches to the study of crime and justice correspond closely to the ideas and beliefs of most capitalist democracies and have been the dominant approaches. More radical critiques have emerged recently, however. Future feminist research needs to focus on such issues as race and crime, white-collar crime, and deterrence. It also needs to better address the complexities of criminal offending so that its critics will not dismiss it as facile, rhetorical, or lacking a theoretical base. 144 references.
Main Term(s): Female deviance
Index Term(s): Female crime patterns; Female sex roles; Female victims; Feminism
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