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Sisters in Crime Revisited

Bringing Gender Into Criminology

Edited by Francis T. Cullen, Pamela Wilcox, Jennifer L. Lux, and Cheryl Lero Jonson

Publication Date - 31 October 2014

ISBN: 9780199311187

430 pages
6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

An edited volume designed for courses on women and crime, with chapters contributed by leading scholars in the field


Distinctive Features
* Surveys the pivotal works of leading scholars in the field of criminology, from the earliest female criminologists to contemporary scholars, providing a thorough examination of women and crime from the past to the present
* Pays homage to Freda Adler, whose scholarly and balanced research on female criminals lays the foundation for the discussion of the history and development of female offending
* Navigates through such important criminological questions as: Why do women offend? How do their paths into crime differ from men's? Why is there a gap in crime rates between men and women?
* Examines how conceptions of masculinity, often embedded in male peer groups, result in crime and in the victimization of women
* Addresses how female offenders interact with and are processed by the legal system, covering the complicated relationship between gender and justice

About the Author(s)

About the Editors

Francis T. Cullen is Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.

Pamela Wilcox is Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.

Jennifer L. Lux is Research Associate in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.

Cheryl Lero Jonson is Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program at Xavier University.


"The range and quality of this modern panorama of female criminology towers above the dusty jacketed, yellowed pages of the era it revisits. What this important volume revisits, it revitalizes and leaps exponentially beyond. Tributaries are now raging rivers, footsteps have turned into highways, and nuanced distinctions into competing camps. Current computational acrobatics can now analyze mountains of data to render empirical verdicts upon even our most cherished theoretical notions. Some will be substantiated, others rejected as we move steadily forward. Sisters in Crime Revisited honors those who fought to bring gender into criminology. It is a book that all should read."--Freda Adler, Author of Sisters in Crime

"Sisters in Crime Revisited provides an opportunity to review development in gender and justice over the past four decades. No other text is written with this approach."--Dawn Beichner, Illinois State University

"This book distinguishes itself from others in its ability to draw on the historical relevance and apply it to contemporary discussions."--Jennifer L. Hartman, UNC Charlotte

"Sisters in Crime Revisited is a theoretical reader that celebrates the scholarship of Freda Adler and other influential scholars and includes contemporary essays centered on understanding the gender-crime relationship."--Christina Mancini, Florida Atlantic University

Table of Contents


    Part I. Celebrating Freda Adler
    1. Sisters in Crime: A Criminological Classic, Francis T. Cullen and Pamela Wilcox
    2. Sisters in Criminology: The Origins of Feminist Criminology, Alida V. Merlo and Joycelyn M. Pollock

    Part II. The Development of Offending
    3. A Biosocial Theory of Female Offending, Jamie Vaske, Danielle Boisvert, and John Paul Wright
    4. Life-Course-Persistent Female Offending, Nicole Leeper Piquero and Alex Piquero
    5. Gendered Pathways into Delinquency, Meda Chesney-Lind
    6. Becoming a Female Felony Offender, Leanne Fiftal Alarid and Emily M. Wright

    Part III. Social Context of Female Crime
    7. The Social Worlds of Girls in Gangs, Madeleine Novich and Jody Miller
    8. A Social Network Perspective of Gender and Crime, Dana L. Haynie and Brian Soller
    9. Women, Work, and White-Collar Crime, Mary Dodge

    Part IV. Social Context of Female Victimization
    10. Gendered Opportunity and Victimization, Pamela Wilcox, Bonnie S. Fisher, and Nicole V. Lasky
    11. The Neighborhood Context of Women's Experiences with Violent Crime, Sally S. Simpson and Candace Kruttschnitt

    Part V. Key Theoretical Issues
    12. Can the Gender Gap in Offending Be Explained?, Jennifer Schwartz and Darrell J. Steffensmeier
    13. Does Feminist Theory Matter?, Amanda M. Petersen, Emily J. Salisbury, and Jody L. Sundt

    Part VI. Patriarchy, Masculinity, and Crime
    14. Masculinities and Crime, James W. Messerschmidt and Stephen Tomsen
    15. Male Peer Support Theory, Walter S. DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz

    Part VII. Women, Justice, and Corrections
    16. Gender and Criminal Justice Processing, Nicholas Corsaro, Jesenia M. Pizarro, and Sandra Lee Browning
    17. Understanding the Female Prison Experience, Mary K. Stohr, Cheryl Lero Jonson, and Jennifer L. Lux
    18. A Gendered Theory of Offender Rehabilitation, Paula Smith and Sarah M. Manchak