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NCJ Number: 158794 Find in a Library
Title: Feminist Criminology in Australia (From International Feminist Perspectives in Criminology: Engendering a Discipline, P 17-38, 1995, Nicole H Rafter and Frances Heidensohn, eds. -- See NCJ-158792)
Author(s): C Alder
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: Open University Press
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Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Feminist criminology is somewhat new to Australia, and academic feminists have not felt particularly constrained by traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Abstract: In general, the study of crime in Australia has not been dominated by criminologists. Rather, the study of crime has had a strong legal basis and has only recently become a multidisciplinary subject area. Australian feminist criminologists do not limit their work to the study of crime in the traditional sense; they also focus on health, education, and youth issues. They are often involved in local and policy matters, but issues identified in their work have an international character. Major issues addressed by Australian feminists during the 1980's and 1990's include prostitution law reform, rape law reform, policing and legislation regarding domestic violence, and the imprisonment of women. A dominant concern of feminist criminologists over the past decade has been violence against women. The author examines issues faced by aboriginal women, diversity in women's lives, and criminal women. 88 references and 4 notes
Main Term(s): World criminology
Index Term(s): Aborigines; Australia; Criminal justice research; Domestic assault; Female offenders; Female victims; Feminism; Foreign criminal justice systems; Gender issues; Prostitution; Rape law reform; Victims of violent crime
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