Criminological research has historically been based on the study of men, boys and crime. As a result, the criminal justice system’s development of policies, programs, and treatment regimes was based on the male offender. It was not until the 1970s that some criminologists began to draw attention to the neglect of gender in the study of crime, but today, the study of gender and crime is burgeoning within criminology and includes a vast literature.
The Routledge International Handbook of Crime and Gender Studies is a collection of original, cutting-edge, multidisciplinary essays which provide a thorough overview of the history and development of research on gender and crime, covering topics based around:
- theoretical and methodological approaches
- gender and victimization
- gender and offending
- gendered work in the criminal justice system
- future directions in gender and crime research.
Alongside these essays are boxes which highlight particularly innovative ideas or controversial topics – such as cybercrime, restorative justice, campus crime, and media depictions. A second set of boxes features leading gender and crime researchers who reflect on what sparked their interest in the subject.
This engaging and thoughtful collection will be invaluable for students and scholars of criminology, sociology, psychology, public health, social work, cultural studies, media studies, economics and political science.
Table of Contents
Preface. Introduction. Part I: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Study of Gender and Crime 1. Historical and International Developments in Conceptualizing Gender and Crime by Jeanne Flavin and Lilly Artz. Topical Box 1.1: Media, Crime and Gender by Drew Humphries. Biographical Box 1.1: Frances Heidensohn 2. Moving Research to Practice: Unlikely Partners in the Conduct of Ethical Research by Catherine Cerulli, Christina Raimondi, and Corey Nichols-Hadeed. Biographical Box 2.1: Bonnie S. Fisher Part II: Gender and Victimization 3. Theoretical Explanations for Gender Differences in Fear of Crime: Research and Prospects by Jodi Lane. Topical Box 3.1: Campus Crime by George W. Dowdall. Biographical Box 3.1: Betsy Stanko 4. At the Intersections: Race, Gender and Violence by Nikki Jones and Jerry Flores. Topical Box 4.1: Gender-motivated Hate Crimes by Jessica P. Hodge. Biographical Box 4.1: Susan Caringella 5. The Gendered Nature of Violence: An International Focus by Holly Johnson. Topical Box 5.1: Militarism and Violence Against Women by Katrina Lee-Koo. Biographical Box 5.1: Julie Stubbs 6. Gendered Pathways to Crime: The Relationship Between Victimization and Offending by Dana DeHart and Shannon Lynch. Topical Box 6.1: Life Course Perspectives and Desistance in Offending by Stacey J. Bosick. Biographical Box 6.1: Joanne Belknap Part III: Gender and Offending 7. Prostitution: The Gendered Crime by Jody Raphael and Mary C. Ellison. Topical Box 7.1: Human Trafficking by Rebecca Macy. Biographical Box 7.1: Jody Miller 8. A Gendered View of Violence by Denise Paquette Boots and Jennifer Wareham. Topical Box 8.1: Gender and Gang Membership by Wesley G. Jennings. Biographical Box 8.1: Meda Chesney-Lind 9. A Twenty-First Century Look at Gender, Drug Use and Theft by Tammy L. Anderson. Biographical Box 9.1: James W. Messerschmidt 10. Where are All the Women in White-Collar Crime? by Mary Dodge. Topical Box 10.1: Understanding the Gender Gap in Computer Hacking by Thomas J. Holt. Biographical Box 10.1: Martin D. Schwartz 11. Sentencing and Punishment by Cassia Spohn and Pauline Brennan. Topical Box 11.1: Restorative Justice by James Ptacek. Biographical Box 11.1: Kimberly J. Cook 12. Corrections, Gender-Specific Programming, and Offender Re-Entry by Mary Bosworth and Andriani Fili. Topical Box 12.1: Crime and Homelessness by Jana L. Jasinski. Biographical Box 12.1: Merry Morash Part IV: Gendered Work in the Criminal Justice System 13. Policing Styles, Officer Gender, and Decision Making by Christina DeJong. Biographical Box 13.1: Vernetta D. Young 14. Gender and Minority Representation at the Bar and on the Bench by Cynthia Siemsen and Kimberlee Candela. Biographical Box 14.1: Nicole Rafter 15. From Resistance to Integration: The Influence of Gender in the Corrections Work Environment by Marie L. Griffin. Biographical Box 15.1: Christine E. Rasche Part V: Future Directions in Gender and Crime Research 16. Gaps in Knowledge and Emerging Areas in Gender and Crime Studies by Walter S. DeKeseredy and Molly Dragiewicz. Topical Box 16.1: Gender and Terrorism by Jennifer Gibbs
Claire M. Renzetti is the Judi Conway Patton Endowed Chair in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women, and Professor of Sociology, at the University of Kentucky. She is editor of the journal, Violence Against Women; co-editor of the Interpersonal Violence book series for Oxford University Press; and editor of the Gender, Crime and Law book series for Northeastern University Press. Her recent research focuses on religiosity and intimate partner violence, and the provision of services for domestic sex trafficking victims.
Susan L. Miller is Professor Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. Her research interests are in gender and crime, violence against women, and restorative justice. Her most recent book, After the Crime: The Power of Restorative Justice Dialogues between Victims and Violent Offenders (New York University Press, 2011) received the Best Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in 2012.
Angela R. Gover is a Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research interests include gender and crime, victimization, and intimate partner violence. Gover’s recent work has appeared in Violence Against Women, Violence and Victims, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.