Nothing Bad Happens to Good Girls: Fear of Crime in Women's Lives / Edition 1

Nothing Bad Happens to Good Girls: Fear of Crime in Women's Lives / Edition 1

by Esther Madriz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520208552

ISBN-13: 9780520208551

Pub. Date: 07/01/1997

Publisher: University of California Press

"The possibility of being a victim of a crime is ever present on my mind; thinking about it as natural as breathing."‹40-year-old woman This is a compelling analysis of how women in the United States perceive the threat of crime in their everyday lives and how that perception controls their behavior. Esther Madriz draws on focus groups and in-depth interviews to…  See more details below

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"The possibility of being a victim of a crime is ever present on my mind; thinking about it as natural as breathing."‹40-year-old woman This is a compelling analysis of how women in the United States perceive the threat of crime in their everyday lives and how that perception controls their behavior. Esther Madriz draws on focus groups and in-depth interviews to show the damage that fear can wreak on women of different ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. Although anxiety about crime affects virtually every woman, Madriz shows that race and class position play a role in a woman's sense of vulnerability. Fear of crime has resulted in public demand for stronger and more repressive policies throughout the country. As funds for social programs are cut, Madriz points out, those for more prisons and police are on the increase. She also illustrates how media images of victims‹"good" victims aren't culpable, "bad" victims invite trouble‹and a tough political stance toward criminals are linked to a general climate of economic uncertainty and conservatism. Madriz argues that fear itself is a strong element in keeping women in subservient and self-limiting social positions. "Policing" themselves, they construct a restricted world that leads to positions of even greater subordination: Being a woman means being vulnerable. Considering the enormous attention given to crime today, including victims' rights and use of public funds, Madriz's informative study is especially timely.

Author Biography: Esther Madriz teaches in the Sociology Department at the University of San Francisco.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520208551
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/01/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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