The Gender of Crime

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Rowman & Littlefield, Aug 3, 2017 - Social Science - 198 pages
The Gender of Crime introduces readers to how gender shapes our understanding of every aspect of crime—from defining what crime is to governing how crime is punished. The second edition of this award-winning book maintains the accessible, reader-friendly narrative of the first edition with key updates and new material throughout, including increased focus on the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality in crime and punishment; more attention to LGBTQ issues; additional coverage of gender and crime on college campuses; and more.

This dynamic and provocative book illustrates how gender is central to the definition, prosecution, and sentencing of crimes, that it shapes how victimization is experienced and understood, and how it structures the institutions of the criminal justice system and the experiences of workers within that system. The Gender of Crime demonstrates that crime, victimization, and crime control are never generic—they are instead produced and experienced by gendered (and raced, and classed, and sexualized) actors within contexts of social inequality. This book highlights key concepts and encourages readers to think through a range of compelling real-life examples, from school violence to corporate crime. The second edition of The Gender of Crime is essential reading for students of gender and sexuality, sociology, criminology, and criminal justice.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 A Gender Lens on Criminology
1
Chapter 2 Gender and Criminal Offending
21
Chapter 3 Gender and the Criminal Justice System
49
Chapter 4 Gender and Crime Victimization
83
Chapter 5 Gender and Work in the Criminal Justice System
113
Chapter 6 Conclusion
143
Notes
151
References
161
Index
183
About the Authors
189
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Dana M. Britton is Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations and Director of the Center for Women and Work at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. She has published extensively on gender inequality at work and is the author of At Work in the Iron Cage: The Prison as Gendered Organization.

Shannon K. Jacobsen is a PhD candidate in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. Her research examines the role of gender in violence and victimization, as well as crime on college and university campuses. Her work has been published in journals including Deviant Behavior and the Journal of Criminal Justice Education.

Grace E. Howard is assistant professor of gender studies at the University of Southern Indiana and an American Association of University Women Fellow. Her current work focuses on the politics of reproduction, examining the roles that race and class play in the criminal prosecution of pregnant women.

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