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Who argues that the sociology of crime is male dominated and female offending was ignored and until recently studies were on males so little attempt to explain male offending

Heidensohn and Silvestri


Lombrosso and Ferrero believe about gender and crime that ....

Criminality is innate and there are very few born female criminals


Who argued that gender differences are 'the most significant feature of recorded crime'
The reasons for invisibility of females in sociology of crime are.........

Academics are predominantly men
There is less to study as low female crime and less detectable offences


How much of the prison population is female?



How many convicted offenders are male?



Who found twice as many males caught shoplifting on study of theft in a department store and argued that female offending in statistics are pretty accurate

Farrington and Buckle


How many times are men more likely to be convicted of homicide than women?



How many times are men more likely to be convicted of sex offences than women?



Who argues that women offenders are seen as double deviants who break both the law and traditional gender roles meaning offences are more highly stigmatised than loss by men even if less serious



Who says that violence can be a means of accomplishing masculinity?



What is Pollok's chivalry thesis? And what do the home office show about women first offenders?

Sexism in the criminal justice system means women are viewed as less guilty and in need of protection so are treated more leniently so are less likely to end up in statistics
Women first offenders are half as likely to be given immediate imprisonment


The ministry of justice in 2009 found that .....% of females records recieved a caution while only ....% of men

49% of females recieved a caution while only 30% of men


What did Box say in opposition to the chivalry thesis of Pollak?

Women aren't treated more leniently their offences are just less serious so they are less likely to go to court, and they are more likely to show remorse which makes them more likely to be given a caution


Who says that when women are jailed it is less for the seriousness of their crimes and more according to the courts assessment of them as wives, mothers and daughters and found that Scottish judges were more likely to jail women whose children were in care than those they saw as good mothers



What does Walklate say about rape cases? And what does Adler say?

That it is not the defendant on trial but the victim who has to prove her respectability to have evidence accepted
Adler says that women who lack this responsibility like single parents find it difficult to have their testimonies believed


What is Parsons' sex role theory?

Traces differences in crime to gender roles in the nuclear family.
Women's expressive roles gives girls a role model and tends to mean boys reject feminine models of behaviour that expresses tenderness, gentleness and emotion. So they distance themselves, engaging in compulsory masculinity through aggression and anti social behaviour which can lead to delinquency


How does Walklate criticise sex role theory?

It makes biological assumptions as Parsons assumes women are more suited to the expressive role since they bear children


Who says that patriarchy reduces opportunities to offend. Control operates at home, in public and at work where sexual harassment is widespread to keep women in their place and glass ceiling prevents women riding to senior positions so they don't have opportunity for white collar crimes
How does patriarchy have control in the public?

Sensationalised reporting of rape adds to women's fear by presenting averages rapist as a stranger


Who argues that violent attacks result from men's dissatisfaction with wives performance of domestic duties?

Dobash and Dobash
This links to Heidensohn's idea of control in the home


Explain bedroom culture and who says it?

McRobbie - girls are less likely to be allowed to stay out late and develop a bedroom culture - staying in and socialising with friends
Links to Heidensohn's idea of control in the home


......% of women avoid going out after dark for fear of being victims of crime, which survey found this?

Islington Crime Survey


What does Lee say that links to Heidensohn's idea of control in public?

In school boys maintain control through sexualised verbal abuse labelling girls slags if they don't conform to gender role expectations


Heidensohn notes that although patriarchy often reduces opportunities for crime it can?

Push women into crime, for example poor women may turn to prostitution


What is the class and gender deal and who proposed them?
And who does this link well to?

Women expected to conform by the class deal - material awards that arise from working in paid employment enabling purchase of consumer goods and respectable life and home
And by the gender deal - the rewards that arose from fulfilling their roles in the home, material and emotional support from a male breadwinner. Most accept them and conform but if unattainable due to poverty, women may choose crime as it had few costs when they have little to lose and offers benefits that aren't otherwise available through legitimate class and gender deals
Links to Hirschi - if people aren't tied to conformity and the costs are low they will commit crime


Who said that as women become liberated from patriarchy their crimes will become as frequent and serious as men's. As patriarchal control has loosened women have begun to adopt traditionally male roles in both legitimate and illegitimate activity
Now commit typically male crimes like violence



Who argues there is s masculine ladette culture with media talk of growth in girl gangs. Found that Midlands teenage girls are just as likely as makes to engage in risk taking behaviour and had a desire to look hard



Chesney-Lind argued poor and marginalised women are more likely criminals than literates women she found .......

Women branching out to more male offences like drugs but only due to their link with prostitution - a very unliberated offence


Who argued that masculinity is a social construct and men have to constantly work at presenting it to others. Proposed hegemonic masculinity which is ........... Which some cannot achieve so have subordinated masculinity which is ..........
Crime can be a resource for accomplishing masculinity. For example in school white middle class have an accommodating masculinity where they are only oppositional outside of school while white working class are oppositional both in and out of school. Middle class men may use crime but there is a difference in type - white collar crime can contribute to hegemonic masculinity while street crime can contribute to subordinated masculinity

Hegemonic masculinity - 'work in the paid labour market, the subordination of women, heterosexism' most men aspire to but some can't achieve so have subordinated masculinity
Link to Willis' lads study


What did Winlow say about masculinity?

Loss of traditional working class jobs means men can't express masculinity by physical work and providing.
Increase of nighttime leisure in late modern society provides young working class men a combinations of legal employment, criminal opportunities and expressing masculinity.
Study of bouncers in Sunderland could demonstrate masculinity through violence, developing physical assets to look the part and discourage challenge
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