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NCJ Number: 122722 Find in a Library
Title: Towards Transgression: New Directions in Feminist Criminology
Journal: International Journal of the Sociology of Law  Volume:18  Issue:1  Dated:(February 1990)  Pages:1-18
Author(s): M Cain
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 18
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The three traditional approaches used in feminist criminology are less useful than a transgressive approach, which can be developed as an agenda for both men and women.
Abstract: The traditional approaches focus on unequal treatment, the nature of female criminality, and women as victims. In contrast, the transgressive approach goes outside the usual approaches of both criminology and feminist criminology. The three strategies that together make up a transgressive criminology are reflexivity, deconstruction, and reconstruction, as shown by an analysis of the policing of the sexuality of females. The analysis also suggests that an agenda for transgressive criminology should include studies that focus on women only, on the total lives of women and not just on their criminality, on the reasons that males are overrepresented among criminals, on the common assumptions regarding crime and gender, and on the experiences of women's political struggles in other countries. Notes and 78 references.
Main Term(s): Feminism
Index Term(s): Criminology; Female crime patterns; Female deviance; Female sex roles
Note: Based on speech to the American Society of Criminology
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