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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.

Gender and Criminological Theorizing: Gender at the Forefront
Gender and criminological theorizing: Gender at the forefront

Traditionally, criminology has largely been a study of male crime and male victimization. Intellectual theorizing about crime and crime policy has actually been a type of theorizing about male deviance and criminality, with little to no attention paid to the role of gender. Women's and girls’ experiences with crime, deviance, and victimization were at the periphery of scholarly inquiry, female crime was overlooked almost completely, and female victimization was ignored, trivialized, and minimized. Feminist criminology challenged the overall androcentric nature of traditional criminology by pointing to the repeated exclusion and misrepresentation of women and girls in criminological theory.

Feminist criminology places gender at the center of criminological theorizing. It recognizes how ...

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