Routledge – 2014 – 146 pages
Series: Key Ideas in Criminology
Feminist criminology grew out of the Women’s Movement of the 1970s, in response to the male dominance of mainstream criminology – which meant that not only were women largely excluded from carrying out criminological research, they were also barely considered as subjects of that research.
In this volume, Claire Renzetti traces the development of feminist criminology from the 1970s to the present, examining the diversity of feminisms which have developed:
She shows how these perspectives have made a great impact on the discipline, the academy, and the criminal justice system, but also highlights the limitations of this influence. How far has feminist criminology transformed research and knowledge production, education, and practice? And how can feminist criminologists continue to shape the future of the discipline?
Preface. 1. Feminist Criminology: A Brief Overview 2. Liberal Feminist Criminology: Liberty, Equality, Sorority 3. The Subordination of Women: Marxist, Radical, and Socialist Feminist Criminologies 4. Identities and Intersectionalities: Structured Action Theory, Left Realism, Postmodern Feminism, and Black/Multiracial Feminist Criminology 5. Future Directions in Feminist Criminology. Notes. References.
Claire M. Renzetti is the Judi Conway Patton Endowed Chair in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women, and Professor of Sociology, at the University of Kentucky. She is editor of the journal Violence Against Women; co-editor of the 'Interpersonal Violence' book series for Oxford University Press; and editor of the 'Gender, Crime and Law' book series for Northeastern University Press. Her recent research focuses on religiosity and intimate partner violence, and the provision of services for domestic sex trafficking victims.