Criminological research has historically been based on the study of men, boys and crime. As a result, the criminal justice system’s development of policies, programs, and treatment regimes was based on the male offender. It was not until the 1970s that some criminologists began to draw attention to the neglect of gender in the study of crime, but today, the study of gender and crime is burgeoning within criminology and includes a vast literature.

The Routledge International Handbook of Crime and Gender Studies is a collection of original, cutting-edge, multidisciplinary essays which provide a thorough overview of the history and development of research on gender and crime, covering topics based around:

  • theoretical and methodological approaches
  • gender and victimization
  • gender and offending
  • gendered work in the criminal justice system
  • future directions in gender and crime research.

Alongside these essays are boxes which highlight particularly innovative ideas or controversial topics – such as cybercrime, restorative justice, campus crime, and media depictions. A second set of boxes features leading gender and crime researchers who reflect on what sparked their interest in the subject.

This engaging and thoughtful collection will be invaluable for students and scholars of criminology, sociology, psychology, public health, social work, cultural studies, media studies, economics and political science.

chapter |5 pages


Understanding the relationship between gender and crime: An introduction to the Routledge International Handbook of Crime and Gender Studies
ByClaire M. Renzetti, Susan L. Miller, Angela R. Gover

section |48 pages

Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of crime and gender

chapter |32 pages

Understanding women, gender, and crime

Some historical and international developments1
ByJeanne Flavin, Lillian Artz

chapter |14 pages

Moving research to practice

Unlikely partners in the conduct of ethical research
ByCatherine Cerulli, Christina L. Raimondi, Corey Nichols-Hadeed

section |84 pages

Gender and victimization

chapter |16 pages

Theoretical explanations for gender differences in fear of crime

Research and prospects
ByJodi Lane

chapter |18 pages

At the intersections

Race, gender and violence
ByNikki Jones, Jerry Flores

chapter |29 pages

The gendered nature of violence

An international focus
ByHolly Johnson

chapter |19 pages

Gendered pathways to crime

The relationship between victimization and offending
ByDana DeHart, Shannon M. Lynch

section |108 pages

Gender and offending

chapter |22 pages


The gendered crime
ByJody Raphael, Mary C. Ellison

chapter |19 pages

A gendered view of violence

ByDenise Paquette Boots, Jennifer Wareham

chapter |15 pages

A twenty-first century look at gender, drug use and theft

ByTammy L. Anderson

chapter |16 pages

Where are all the women in white-collar crime?

ByMary Dodge

chapter |18 pages

Sentencing and punishment

ByCassia Spohn, Pauline K. Brennan

chapter |16 pages

Corrections, gender-specific programming and offender re-entry

ByMary Bosworth, Andriani Fili

section |48 pages

Gendered work in the criminal justice system

chapter |17 pages

Policing styles, officer gender and decision making

ByChristina DeJong

chapter |13 pages

Gender and minority representation at the bar and on the bench

ByCynthia Siemsen, Kimberlée Candela J.D.

chapter |16 pages

From resistance to integration

The influence of gender in the corrections work environment
ByMarie L. Griffin

section |15 pages

Future directions in gender and crime research

chapter |13 pages

Gaps in knowledge and emerging areas in gender and crime studies1

ByWalter S. DeKeseredy, Molly Dragiewicz