Antifeminist backlash and critical criminology

Dragiewicz, Molly (2011) Antifeminist backlash and critical criminology. In DeKeseredy, Walter S. & Dragiewicz, Molly (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology. Routledge Custom Publishing, London, pp. 279-288.

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The backlash against feminist criminology is intertwined with broader resistance to feminism and other progressive social movements. Carol Smart noted in 1979 that changes in women's social or economic status have long been perceived as threats to the patriarchal gender order and are therefore "viewed with considerable misgiving, whilst any reinforcement of the value of women's traditional, domestic role has been perceived as a stand against further social decline and disorder" (Smart, 1979, p. 50). The contemporary backlash exists at the nexus of economic and ideological retrenchment seeking to enforce the hegemony of neoliberal conceptions of justice as formal equality. Critical criminology is linked to the backlash against feminism in two key ways. First, critical criminology is an important location for the study of antifeminism and its implications. Second, criminologists who study women or gender have frequently been attacked by antifeminist scholars and commentators.

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ID Code: 71438
Item Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 9780415779678
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Routledge Custom Publishing
Deposited On: 12 May 2014 07:53
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2014 03:20

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