Encyclopedia Of Women And Crime / Edition 1

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This is the first reference work to offer the wealth of material on women and crime to a general audience. More than 200 authoritative contributors from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia examine the subject from the perspectives of offenders, offenses, and theories on offending, victims and victimology, the criminal justice system, punishment and treatment.

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Traditionally focused on male criminals, criminology has turned its attention to women only in the past 30 years. This handy encyclopedia presents a lay reader's guide to the latest research on women and crime in the United States, Great Britain, Australia, and Canada, with an emphasis on the United States. Criminologists, policewomen, lawyers, and judges are covered to some extent, but the emphasis is on women as either perpetrators or victims of crime. In entries ranging from a paragraph to several pages, the contributors cover topics ranging from the earliest reports on female criminals to the latest issues, such as the criminalization of pregnancy (in which pregnant women who use drugs are charged with child abuse, assault, or homicide). Large topics, such as Feminist Criminology or Battered Women and Self-Defense, have separate essays for different countries, allowing the researcher to compare and contrast the different perspectives. A particularly useful feature is the Topic Finder, which helps the user locate all the relevant entries on such areas as Victims and Victimology or Policing, though it doesn't cover all areas of potential interest. The extensive bibliography is also a good addition. Another strong reference from Oryx, this will be useful in criminology and women's studies collections and for large public libraries.--Deirdre Bray Root, Middletown P.L., OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
In a dubious form of gender equality, criminology is no longer just male-oriented. Some 200 social scientists and activists worldwide contribute to this unique comprehensive reference on women and crime. Its 240 alphabetical entries range from "aboriginal women and crime, Australia" to "women's prisons, history of." The extensive bibliography cites works from the past 30 years on the themes of offenders, offenses, and theories of offending; victims and victimology; criminal justice systems; and punishment and rehabilitation. Includes a categorized topic finder, data tables and figures, and b&w photos of famous female offenders. Rafter teaches in the law, policy, and society program at Northeastern U. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573562140
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/24/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

NICOLE HAHN RAFTER, a professor in the Law, Policy, and Society Program at Northeastern University, has written and cowritten several books on women and crime, including International Feminist Perspectives in Criminology: Engendering a Discipline and Partial Justice: Women, Prisons, and Social Control.

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Table of Contents

Contributors v
Alphabetical List of Entries xv
Topic Finder xix
List of Figures and Tables xxiii
Preface xxv
Encyclopedia of Women and Crime 1
Works Cited 307
Index 345
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