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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.

Dimensions of Women's Power in the Illicit Drug Economy
Dimensions of women's power in the illicit drug economy
Tammy L.Anderson

The purpose of this chapter is to advance our understanding of the gendered social and economic organization of the illicit drug world by articulating several often overlooked dimensions of women's power. I develop the argument that women routinely perform four core activities (e.g. providing housing and other sustenance needs, purchasing drugs, subsidizing male dependency and participating in drug sales) that show not only their power in and contributions to the illicit drug world but also how the organization of this social world is fundamentally gendered. Thus, I offer an alternative to the leading ‘pathology and powerlessness’ narrative in the drugs and crime discourse, especially as this discourse ...

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