Feminist criminologies’ contribution to understandings of sex, gender, and crime

Carrington, Kerry & Death, Jodi (2014) Feminist criminologies’ contribution to understandings of sex, gender, and crime. In Gartney, Rosemary & McCarthey, Bill (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Crime. Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 99-117.

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This chapter provides an overview of the contribution of feminist criminologies to understandings of the complex intersections between sex, gender and crime. Dozens of scholars and activists have participated in these debates over the past four decades. For our contribution to this handbook, we interviewed ten distinguished scholars whose contributions are recognized internationally. Through the commentary provided by these scholars, this chapter examines some of the distinctive contributions of feminism to our knowledge about sex, gender, and crime, as well as some of the challenges it continues to face in the field of criminology. We conclude that feminist work within criminology continues to face a number of lingering challenges, most notably in relation to the struggle to maintain relevance in a world where concerns about gender inequality are marginalized and considered as historical relics not contemporary issues; where there are on-going tensions around the best strategies for change, as well as difficulties in challenging distorted representations of female crime and violence; and where a backlash, anti-feminist politics seeks to discredit explanations that draw a link between sex, gender, and crime. This chapter critically reviews these lingering challenges—locating feminist approaches (of which there are many) at the centre and not the periphery of advancing knowledge about gender, sex, and crime.

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ID Code: 56599
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Criminology, Feminisms, Women's Violence, Sexual Violence
ISBN: 9780199838707
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Oxford University Press
Deposited On: 23 Jan 2013 03:07
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2016 14:47

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