Casualties of Community Disorder: Women's Careers in Violent Crime

Casualties of Community Disorder: Women's Careers in Violent Crime

Casualties of Community Disorder: Women's Careers in Violent Crime

Casualties of Community Disorder: Women's Careers in Violent Crime

Synopsis

Based on some 170 case studies, this volume delves into the heart of the criminal subculture to produce evidence that challenges traditional gender-based assumptions about women and crime.

Excerpt

It is August 1989. We are in the midst of our usual summer vacation in which we travel across the Navajo Reservation as it spans the four states of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. The evening sky appears to be on fire tonight as it displays varying hues of purple, red, and blue. The air is fresh and clear, and the noises are those of coyotes awakening from their daytime naps and of cars whizzing past on highways that cut across the desert.

Back home in Brooklyn, New York, the skies, too, are ablaze. The pollution, humidity, and heat emanating from the concrete city below have turned the sky into a veritable light show, mimicking the desert skies of the West and momentarily distracting the people below from the cacophony of car alarms, heavy traffic, and other street noises. On this evening, a few blocks from our empty apartment, the quiet was shattered by yet another sound.

A 34-year-old woman . . . [was] shot in the face during a robbery . . . a couple of doors from her home. Two . . . women, a 24-year-old and a 26-year-old . . . were arrested and charged with attempted murder, robbery, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the shooting and robbery, said police.

She was approached from behind by two women, said police, who shot her, took her wallet containing $320 in cash and fled. . . . The vie-

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