Understanding Criminology: Current Theoretical Debates

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chapter five
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?

Conclusion

Further reading

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.


The gender blindness of 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

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