Doing Justice, Doing Gender: Women in Law and Criminal Justice Occupations / Edition 1

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An insight into the long-standing struggle of women in criminal justice occupations to move beyond the barriers of gender segregation is provided in this book.

The authors take a close look at the organization of justice occupations along gender lines and in doing so discuss issues such as the historical roles of women in the criminal justice system; the expansion of women's assignments and contributions in the past 20 years; the barriers that women in justice occupations have encountered at an interpersonal, organizational, occupational and societal level; the performance of women in more responsible and onerous positions, and their response to workplace barriers; and the effect of women on the criminal justice system, victims, offenders, co-workers, and the public.

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Begins a series the next two volumes of which will deal with women as offenders and as victims. Analyzes how occupations in criminal justice are organized along gender lines, focusing on civil and criminal law, municipal policing, and correctional security in men's prisons. Examines the historical and current roles of women in the system, how they perform in the occupations they have recently entered, the barriers that remain to advancement, and the effect they have had on the system and through it on the public. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803951983
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/13/1996
  • Series: Women in the Criminal Justice System Series, #1
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Ehrlich Martin recently retired from government after 15 years as a program director at the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Prior to that, she directed several research studies at the Police Foundation and the National Research Council. Her previous and continuing research interests focus on women's problems as workers, victims, and substance abusers. Her other books include Breaking and Entering: Police Women on Patrol (University of California Press, 1980) and On the Move: The Status of Women in Policing (Police Foundation, 1990).

Nancy Jurik is a sociologist and professor in the School of Justice & Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. She has published research articles in the areas of gender and work, professionalization, changing workplace organizations, self-employment, and economic development programs. She has also published Bootstrap Dreams: U.S. Microenterprise Development in an Era of Welfare Reform (Cornell University Press, 2005).

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction: Changes in Criminal Justice Organizations, Occupations, and Women's Work 1
2 Explanations for Gender Inequality in the Workplace 21
3 The Nature of Police Work and Women's Entry Into Law Enforcement 48
4 Women Officers Encountering the Gendered Police Organization 75
5 Women Entering the Legal Profession: Change and Resistance 103
6 The Organizational Logic of the Gendered Legal World and Women Lawyer's Responses 129
7 Women in Corrections: Advancement and Resistance 157
8 Gendered Organizational Logic and Women CO Response 183
9 Doing Justice, Doing Gender, Today and Tomorrow: Occupations, Organizations, and Change 208
References 227
List of Cases Cited 248
Author Index 249
Subject Index 255
About the Authors 269
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2000

    It's time to break through the stereotypes!

    The myths that perpetuate about women in law enforcement undermine the positive impact women have on reducing violence in our society. Three cheers to Susan Martin for raising awareness and taking us closer to setting the record straight. Educational programs and media strategies that provide a true picture of women's achievements in community policing will go a long way in promoting gender equity - and making our society safer for all its citizens.

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