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James W. Messerschmidt

In: Handbook of Studies on Men & Masculinities

Chapter 12: Men, Masculinities, and Crime

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Men, Masculinities, and Crime
Men, masculinities, and crime
James W.Messerschmidt

In recent years, there has emerged a new and growing interest in the relationship among men, masculinities, and crime. Since the early 1990s, numerous works have been published, from individually authored books (Collier, 1998; Hobbs, 1995; Messerschmidt, 1993, 1997, 2000; Polk, 1994; Winlow, 2001), to edited volumes (Bowker, 1998; Newburn & Stanko, 1994; Sabo, Kupers, & London, 2001), to special issues of academic journals (Carlen & Jefferson, 1996). This is not the first time criminologists have been interested in masculinity and its relationship to crime. Such luminaries as Edwin Sutherland and Albert Cohen can be credited with actually placing masculinity on the criminological agenda by perceiving the theoretical importance of the gendered nature of crime. Yet these ...

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