Gendering the criminal
The gender blindness of criminology
Feminism and criminology
Feminisms and criminology: contradictions in terms?
Ways of thinking about men within criminology
Sex role theory and criminology
Categorical theory and criminology
Doing gender as criminology
Biography and the psychoanalytical turn
Reflections on masculinity and criminology
Summary: gendering the criminal or gendering criminology?
One issue around which both criminology and common sense have been relatively blind is the question of gender. In this chapter, we shall explore the way in which gender issues have been hidden by criminology, the different ways in which feminists have attempted to make those issues visible and the more recent theoretical interest in the maleness of crime. It should be noted that the theoretical and empirical concerns of this chapter have emerged and developed largely independently of those concerns addressed by Chapters 3 and 4. But first we should explore how the question of gender (as opposed to sex) has been hidden within criminology.
Braithwaite (1989: 44) suggests that the first 'fact' that any theory of crime should fit is that males disproportionately commit crime. In 2000, for