ISBN13:978-0761924050 ISBN10: 0761924051 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0761929789 ISBN10: 0761929789
Summary: Scholarship in criminology over the last few decades has often left little room for research and theory on how female offenders are perceived and handled in the criminal justice system. In truth, one out of every four juveniles arrested is female and the population of women in prison has tripled in the past decade. Co-authored by Meda Chesney-Lind, one of the pioneers in the development of the feminist theoretical perspective in criminology, the subject matter of The...show more Female Offender: Girls, Women and Crime, Second Edition redresses the balance by providing critical insight into these issues.
In an engaging style, authors Meda Chesney-Lind and Lisa Pasko explore gender and cultural factors in women's lives that often precede criminal behavior and address the question of whether female offenders are more violent today than in the past. The authors provide a revealing look at how public discomfort with the idea of women as criminals significantly impacts the treatment received by this offender population.
Features and Benefits:
Covers not only adult female offenders, but also how the interaction of sexism, racism, and social class inequalities results in girls becoming criminal offenders
Focuses on consequences of the imprisonment binge that has resulted in an increasing number of girls and women being incarcerated
Updated throughout with recent research and theories, new or expanded federal and state programs, and statistical data for such things as violence against girls and women, girls' gang membership, incarceration rates, and crimes perpetrated by girls and women
Bringing much-needed attention to the state of these often "invisible" wrongdoers, The Female Offender enlightens and intrigues readers including academics, researchers, and students in the areas of criminology, criminal justice, sociology, and women's studies. Likewise, anyone seeking cutting-edge information about a growing offender population will want to read this book.
Meda Chesney-Lind is one of the premier criminologists in the field today and an early pioneer in the development of the feminist theoretical perspective in criminology, which has become a major paradigm. Feminist criminology demonstrates how gender matters, not only in terms of one's trajectory into crime, but in terms of how the criminal justice system responds to the offenders under its authority. The Female Offender, Second Edition is informed by the feminist perspective throughout.
The book looks closely not just at adult female offenders, but also at how the interaction of sexism, racism and social class inequalities results in girls becoming criminal offenders.
Focuses on consequences of the imprisonment binge that has resulted in an increasing number of girls and women being incarcerated. This is a social phenomenon of great importance.
Updated throughout for recent research and theories, new or expanded federal and state programs that have appeared since the first edition was published, and statistical data for such things as violence against girls and women, girls gang membership, incarceration rates, crimes perpetrated by girls and women.
Edition/Copyright:2ND 04 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Sage Publications, Inc. Published: 07/28/2003 International: No
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Chesney-Lind, Meda : University of Hawaii at Manoa
Pasko, Lisa : University of Hawaii at Manoa
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Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Girls' Troubles and "Female Delinquency
Trends in Girls' Arrests Boys' Theories and Girls' Lives Criminalizing Girls' Survival: Abuse, Victimization, and Girls' Official Delinquency Delinquency Theory and Gender: Beyond Status Offenses
Chapter 3. Girls, Gangs, and Violence: Rediscovering the "Liberated Female Crook"
The Media, Girls of Color, and Gangs Trends in Girls' Violence and Aggression Girl Gang Membership Girls and Gangs: Qualitative Studies Labeling Girls Violent? Girls, Gangs, and Media Hype: A Final Note
Chapter 4. The Juvenile Justice System and Girls
"The Best Place to Conquer Girls" Girls and Juvenile Justice Reform Deinstitutionalization and Judicial Paternalism: Challenges to the Double Standard of Juvenile Justice Rising Detentions and Racialized Justice Offense Patterns of Girls in Custody--Bootstrapping Deinstitutionalization or Transinstitutionalization? Girls and the Mental Health System Small Numbers Don't Mean Small Problems: Girls in Institutions Instead of Incarceration: What Could Be Done to Meet the Needs of Girls?
Chapter 5. Trends in Women's Crime
Unruly Women: A Brief History of Women's Offenses Trends in Women's Arrests How Could She? The Nature and Causes of Women's Crime Big Time/Small Time Pathways to Women's Crime Beyond the Street Woman: Resurrecting the Liberated Female Crook? The Revival of the "Violent Female Offender"
Chapter 6. Drugs, Violence, and Women's Crime with Karen Joe Laidler
Drug Use in a Multiethnic Community A Profile of the Women The Family: Conflict and Comfort Dealing With Family Turmoil Pathway to Drugs Demystifying Women of Color Gender, Culture, and Drug Use "Crack Pipe as Pimp": Drugs, Ethnicity, and Gender in African American Communities Prostitution and Drug Use Victimization, Prostitution, and Women's Crime Conclusion
Chapter 7. Sentencing Women to Prison: Equality Without Justice
Trends in Women's Crime: A Reprise Women, Violent Crimes, and the War on Drugs Getting Tough on Women's Crime Building More Women's Prisons Profile of Women in U.S. Prisons Reducing Women's Imprisonment Through Effective Community-Based Strategies and Programs Detention Versus Prevention
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