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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.

The Gendered Nature of Risk Factors for Delinquency
The gendered nature of risk factors for delinquency
JoanneBelknap and KristiHolsinger

One of the greatest limitations of existing criminological research is the low priority given to the role of gender in the etiology of offending. In 1982, Eileen Leonard wrote, “Despite the endless volumes written to account for it, sex, the most powerful variable regarding crime, has been virtually ignored” (p. xi). Early theories on delinquency and crime either fail to include girls (and women) or if included, theorize about them in sexist and stereotypical ways (Burman, Batchelor, & Brown, 2001). It is notable that mainstream criminology still tends to ignore the importance of gender and how events perceived as risks for offending, such as poor school and family ...

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