First published in 1981. In the last few decades, interest in the study of crimes by women has increased. This interest has coincided with the accelerated momentum of the feminist movement and has led to claims that a rising female crime rate is somehow linked with the changing status of women. But are women committing more crimes? And if so, can this be attributed to the impact of the women’s movement?
In this book, nine essays survey aspects of the relationship between women and the criminal justice system. The contributors include historians, criminologists, lawyers, ex-prisoners and political scientists. Women and Crime will be of interest to students of criminology.
Acknowledgements; Contributors; Introduction; 1. Sexism in Criminal Law 2. Hidden from History: Women Victims of Crime 3. Women, Crime and Punishment 4. The Mythinterpretation of Female Crime 5. Theorizing About Female Crime 6. The Processing of Juveniles in Victoria 7. The Myth of Rising Female Crime 8. Women in Constraints 9. Prison, Prisoners and the Community; Index