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NCJ Number: 120127 Find in a Library
Title: Feminism and Abolitionism as Critiques of Criminology
Journal: International Journal of the Sociology of Law  Volume:17  Issue:3  Dated:(August 1989)  Pages:287-306
Author(s): R Swaaningen; Van
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 13
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: While feminist and abolitionist perspectives of criminal justice appear to be in conflict, they can work together to emancipate aggrieved persons and broaden diversity.
Abstract: Abolitionism as defined in the article focuses on three interpretations of criminology: that the underlying social problem is more significant than the specific label given to a crime; that criminal law is an insufficient vehicle to solve social problems; and that the victim is an important element in the definition of a crime. The feminist perspective of law and justice contrasts sharply with patriarchal law by emphasizing the personal and the emotional as the starting point of its politics. Feminism and abolitionism share the anti-positive view that science is not value-free and should be used to influence society. By joining forces in a practical way, feminist and abolitionist views can emancipate criminal justice and make it more responsive. 4 footnotes.
Main Term(s): Correctional reform
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Feminism; Political influences
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