The Invisible Woman; Gender, Crime, and Justice / Edition 1

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In The Invisible Woman, author Joanne Belknap offers the definitive study of the disadvantages women in today's society face as offenders, victims, and workers in our criminal justice system. This book reflects the experiences of women in society in general and in the crime-processing system specifically, and offers precise explanations of feminist views and criminological theory. Belknap's exploration of women's visibility in our criminal justice system ranges from the women professionals working within the system to the women and girls caught up in the system as victims and offenders. From both a political as well as historical perspective, Belknap identifies the changes that have and have not happened for women. Moreover, she explores how gender and gender differences intertwine with race, racism, and class distinctions to reflect the unique experiences among women within a criminal "injustice" system. Throughout The Invisible Woman, Belknap infuses discussions with references to relevant research studies and current, publicly debated, cases to provide the most illuminating, comprehensive account available on women and crime.

The only book to give a comprehensive view--rather than a collection of edited readings--of women in all aspects of criminal justice, this text analyzes classic and contemporary research and theory and uses engaging examples to illustrate the theory. Historical and political overviews are provided, placing in context the problems discussed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534158705
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

I Introduction
1 Emergence of Gender in Criminology 3
II Female Offending
2 Critiquing Criminological Theories 21
3 The Frequency and Nature of Female Offending 45
4 Processing Female Offenders 64
5 Punishing and Treating Female Offenders 91
III Female Victims of Male Violence
6 The Image of the Female Victim 123
7 Sexual Victimization 139
8 Battered Women 169
IV Women Workers
9 Resistance to Change 207
10 On the Job 231
V Conclusions
11 Effecting Change 259
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