This collection re-imagines the field of criminology with insights gleaned from feminist theory. Works included here illustrate that gender is a key organizing principle of social life. This means that men and women have gender, that patriarchy as well as gender must be theorized, and that other systems of oppression such as race and class must also be studied to fully understand the crime problem and the criminal justice system. Finally, the articles collected here exemplify the feminist concern for thinking consciously about how and why we do our research with the crucial goal of producing knowledge that will promote social justice.

part I|66 pages

Feminist Epistemology

chapter [1]|17 pages

Researching Girls and Violence

Facing the Dilemmas of Fieldwork
ByMichele J. Burman, Susan A. Batchelor, Jane A. Brown

chapter [2]|20 pages

Producing feminist knowledge:

Lessons from women in trouble
ByElizabeth Comack

chapter [3]|26 pages

Women’s Violence to Men in Intimate Relationships

Working on a Puzzle
ByRussell P. Dobash, R. Emerson Dobash

part II|59 pages

Patriarchy, Crime and Justice

chapter [4]|27 pages

Women in the Street-Level Drug Economy: Continuity or Change?*

ByLisa Maher, Kathleen Daly

chapter [5]|15 pages

The Risks of Street Prostitution: Punters, Police and Protesters

ByTeela Sanders

chapter [6]|13 pages

Theorizing About Violence

Observations From the Economic and Social Research Council’s Violence Research Program
ByElizabeth A. Stanko

part III|99 pages

Masculinities and Femininities

chapter [7]|23 pages

Accomplishing Femininity Among the Girls in the Gang

ByKaren Joe Laidler, Geoffrey Hunt

chapter [8]|19 pages

Girls' Violence: Beyond Dangerous Masculinity

ByKatherine Irwin, Meda Chesney-Lind

chapter [9]|28 pages

Missing Gender in Cases of Infamous School Violence: Investigating Research and Media Explanations*

ByMona J.E. Danner, Dianne Cyr Carmody

part IV|91 pages


chapter [11]|19 pages

An Argument for Black Feminist Criminology

Understanding African American Women’s Experiences With Intimate Partner Abuse Using an Integrated Approach
ByHillary Potter

chapter [13]|30 pages

Walking a Tightrope

The Many Faces of Violence in the Lives of Racialized Immigrant Girls and Young Women
ByYasmin Jiwani

chapter [14]|25 pages

Intersections of Immigration and Domestic Violence

Voices of Battered Immigrant Women
ByEdna Erez, Madelaine Adelman, Carol Gregory

part V|156 pages

Feminist Assessments of the Criminal Justice Enterprise

chapter [15]|23 pages

Gender Bias and Juvenile Justice Revisited: A Multiyear Analysis

ByJohn M. MacDonald, Meda Chesney-Lind

chapter [16]|32 pages

Criers, Liars, and Manipulators: Probation Officers’ Views of Girls*

ByEmily Gaarder, Nancy Rodriguez, Marjorie S. Zatz

chapter [17]|20 pages

The Words Change, But the Melody Lingers

The Persistence of the Battered Woman Syndrome in Criminal Cases Involving Battered Women
ByKathleen J. Ferraro

chapter [18]|24 pages

Moral agent or actuarial subject:

Risk and Canadian women’s imprisonment
ByKelly Hannah-Moffat

chapter [19]|36 pages

Embodied Surveillance and the Gendering of Punishment

ByJill A. McCorkel

part VI|73 pages

Feminist Perspectives on the Law and on Justice