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The book critiques existing psychological and sociological theories before outlining a more adequate understanding of the criminal offender. It sheds new light on a series of crimes—rape, serial murder, racial harassment, ‘jack-rolling’ (mugging of drunks), domestic violence—and contemporary criminological issues such as fear of crime, cognitive-behavioral interventions and restorative justice. Authors David Gadd and Tony Jefferson bring together theories about identity, subjectivity, and gender to provide the first comprehensive account of their psychoanalytically inspired approach. For each topic, the theoretical perspective is supported by individual case studies, which are designed to facilitate the understanding of theory and to demonstrate its application to a variety of criminological topics.

Towards a Psychosocial Subject: The Case of Gender
Towards a psychosocial subject: The case of gender

In constructing the theoretical contours of a properly psychosocial subject, we have chosen to focus on the issue of gender because of its contemporary relevance to criminology. The advent of a feminist presence within criminology first put the issue on the discipline's agenda, initially through a concern with the fate of women, first as victims and later as offenders (Gelsthorpe, 1997; Heidensohn, 1997). From the early 1990s onwards the fact that offenders are predominantly male generated interest in issues to do with masculinity and crime. Here, more than anywhere perhaps, an opportunity to explore ‘why they do it’ seemed to present itself. Unfortunately, the sociological straitjacket within which gender was ...

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