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Sociological Explanations of the Gender Gap in Offending
Sociological explanations of the gender gap in offending
Abigail A.FaganUniversity of Florida, Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law

Gender differences in the perpetration of illegal acts, with males much more likely to offend compared to females, are widely recognized in criminology. What is less clear is why this gender gap in offending exists. Biological, physiological, psychological, structural, and social factors have all been used to explain gender differences in offending. Although more investigation is needed to fully understand why males commit more crime than do females, this chapter contends that biological factors cannot adequately account for the gender gap in offending and that social factors influence males and females to engage in crime at different rates. After documenting ...

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