This comprehensive text provides an overview of the relationship between violence, gender, crime, and justice. It brings together theory with contemporary cases to enable the reader to understand key concepts, issues, and connections. Enlightening and accessible, the book examines the experiences and treatment of men and women both as victims and criminals.
Chapter 8: Embodying Violence: Masculinity, Culture and Crime
This chapter returns to theory to re-evaluate some of the evidence of the relationship between gender and crime. There are many variables that intersect with crime so as to exacerbate or mollify offending or victimisation, for example, age, race, economic status, marital status, geography and mental health. Each of these offers a continuum along which the relation to crime varies in the reported/recorded data and each therefore requires the development of theoretical interstices between identity and crime and justice – identity which may be clearly demarcated by bodily representations of racial identity, sexuality, wealth, age, domicile or well-being. Yet in each case, however demonstrable the variations are along these specific variables, what is invariable ...