Criminology at the Crossroads: Feminist Readings in Crime and Justice / Edition 1

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Overview


Criminology at the Crossroads: Feminist Readings in Crime and Justice is an edited collection of accessible articles on gender, crime, and justice. It contains key works in criminology and law by well-known feminist scholars including Carol Smart, Kristin Bumiller, Hilary Allen, Meda Chesney-Lind, Kathleen Ferraro, Laureen Snider, and Regina Austin. The 14 selections, chosen for their empirical focus and sophisticated modes of interpretation, raise difficult, unresolved problems for feminist work in criminology. Themes include the construction of women in feminist, legal, and criminological discourses; the blurred boundaries of victimization and criminalization; masculinities and violence; and the crossroads and intersections of class-race-gender, politics, and justice.
Daly and Mahers introductory essay offers a brief overview of the field, past and present, and analyzes the shifts that occurred in feminist thinking between the 1970s and the 1990s. The editors suggest that feminists need to move beyond the familiar critiques of androcentrism in the field. They propose that instead of asking Where are the women? or Where is sex/gender in criminology?, feminists should say Here are the women (and men) and Here is sex/gender in criminal law, lawbreaking, and state responses to harm. While acknowledging the current vitality and energy of feminist scholarship, Daly and Maher also suggest that feminists in criminology stand at the crossroads of discourse and realism and of academic and activist knowledge. Criminology at the Crossroads: Feminist Readings in Crime and Justice will challenge and provoke students, making it an essential text not only for graduates and advanced undergraduates in criminology, law, and the social sciences, but also for scholars interested in becoming more familiar with feminist work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195113440
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/12/1998
  • Series: Readings in Crime and Punishment Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Griffith University

University of New South Wales

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Table of Contents

1. Crossroads and Intersections: Building from feminist critique, Kathleen Daly and Lisa Maher
Part I. WOMEN OF FEMINIST, LEGAL, AND CRIMINOLOGICAL DISCOURSES
2. The Woman of Legal Discourse, Carol Smart
3. Fallen Angels: The Representation of Violence Against Women in Legal Culture, Kristen Bumiller
4. Rendering Them Harmless: The Professional Portrayal of Women Charged with Serious Violent Crimes, Hilary Allen
5. Postmodernism and Feminist Criminologies: Disconnecting Discourses?, Kerry Carrington
Part II. BLURRED BOUNDARIES OF VICTIMIZATION AND CRIMINALIZATION
6. "Just Every Mother's Angel": An Analysis of Gender and Ethnic Variations in Youth Gang Membership, Karen A. Joe and Meda Chesney-Lind
7. Women on the Edge of Crime: Crack Cocaine and the Changing Contexts of Street-Level Sex Work in New York City, Lisa Maher and Richard Curtis
8. Women's Pathways to Felony Court: Feminist Theories of Lawbreaking and Problems of Representation, Kathleen Daly
Part III. MASCULINITIES AND VIOLENCE
9. Fraternities and Rape on Campus, Patricia Yancey Martin and Robert A. Hummer
10. Is "Doing Nothing" Just Boys' Play? Integrating Feminist and Cultural Studies Perspectives on Working-Class Young Men's Masculinity, Joyce E. Canaan
11. Masculinity, Honour, and Confrontational Homicide, Kenneth Polk
Part IV. CROSSROADS AND INTERSECTIONS OF CLASS-RACE-GENDER, POLITICS, AND JUSTICE
12. Policing Woman Battering, Kathleen J. Ferraro
13. What Is to Be Gained by Looking White People in the Eye? Culture, Race, and Gender in Cases of Sexual Violence, Sherene Razack
14. Feminism, Punishment, and the Potential of Empowerment, Laureen Snider
15. "The Black Community," Its Lawbreakers, and a Politics of Identification, Regina Austin

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