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What characterizes women's and girls' pathways to crime?

Girls, Women, and Crime: Selected Readings, Second Edition is a compilation of journal articles on the female offender written by leading researchers in the fields of criminology and women's studies. The contributors reveal the complex worlds females in the criminal justice system must often negotiate—worlds that are frequently riddled with violence, victimization, discrimination, and economic marginalization. This in-depth collection leaves readers with a greater understanding of the complexities and nuances of the realtionship between girls and women and crime.

Patriarchy Matters: Toward a Gendered Theory of Teen Violence and Victimization
Patriarchy matters: Toward a gendered theory of teen violence and victimization
Lyn MikelBrown, MedaChesney-Lind and NanStein

Concern about girls' aggression and violence has rarely been higher, largely because the general public feels that girls' violence is increasing at a remarkable rate. The media have played a central role in this perception, not only in showcasing girls' violence, but also by providing the public with the explanation for this perplexing “new” phenomenon. Take the extensive media coverage of the hazing incident at suburban Chicago's Glenbrook High School in spring of 2003, or a more recent example from San Francisco. In this latter instance, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a front-page story warning residents about the “Hill Girls,” ...

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