Sisters in Crime Revisited Bringing Gender Into Criminology

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-10-31
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Distinctive Features
* Surveys the pivotal works of leading scholars in the field of criminology, from the earliest female criminologists to contemporary scholars, providing a thorough examination of women and crime from the past to the present
* Pays homage to Freda Adler, whose scholarly and balanced research on female criminals lays the foundation for the discussion of the history and development of female offending
* Navigates through such important criminological questions as: Why do women offend? How do their paths into crime differ from men's? Why is there a gap in crime rates between men and women?
* Examines how conceptions of masculinity, often embedded in male peer groups, result in crime and in the victimization of women
* Addresses how female offenders interact with and are processed by the legal system, covering the complicated relationship between gender and justice

Author Biography

About the Editors

Francis T. Cullen is Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.

Pamela Wilcox is Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.

Jennifer L. Lux is Research Associate in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.

Cheryl Lero Jonson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at Northern Kentucky University.

Table of Contents


Part I. Celebrating Freda Adler
1. Sisters in Crime: A Criminological Classic, Francis T. Cullen and Pamela Wilcox
2. Sisters in Criminology: The Origins of Feminist Criminology, Alida V. Merlo and Joycelyn M. Pollock

Part II. The Development of Offending
3. A Biosocial Theory of Female Offending, Jamie Vaske, Danielle Boisvert, and John Paul Wright
4. Life-Course-Persistent Female Offending, Nicole Leeper Piquero and Alex Piquero
5. Gendered Pathways into Delinquency, Meda Chesney-Lind
6. Becoming a Female Felony Offender, Leanne Fiftal Alarid and Emily M. Wright

Part III. Social Context of Female Crime
7. The Social Worlds of Girls in Gangs, Madeleine Novich and Jody Miller
8. A Social Network Perspective of Gender and Crime, Dana L. Haynie and Brian Soller
9. Women, Work, and White-Collar Crime, Mary Dodge

Part IV. Social Context of Female Victimization
10. Gendered Opportunity and Victimization, Pamela Wilcox, Bonnie S. Fisher, and Nicole V. Lasky
11. The Neighborhood Context of Women's Experiences with Violent Crime, Sally S. Simpson and Candace Kruttschnitt

Part V. Key Theoretical Issues
12. Can the Gender Gap in Offending Be Explained?, Jennifer Schwartz and Darrell J. Steffensmeier
13. Does Feminist Theory Matter?, Amanda M. Petersen, Emily J. Salisbury, and Jody L. Sundt

Part VI. Patriarchy, Masculinity, and Crime
14. Masculinities and Crime, James W. Messerschmidt and Stephen Tomsen
15. Male Peer Support Theory, Walter S. DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz

Part VII. Women, Justice, and Corrections
16. Gender and Criminal Justice Processing, Nicholas Corsaro, Jesenia M. Pizarro, and Sandra Lee Browning
17. Understanding the Female Prison Experience, Mary K. Stohr, Cheryl Lero Jonson, and Jennifer L. Lux
18. A Gendered Theory of Offender Rehabilitation, Paula Smith and Sarah M. Manchak


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