Sociology Publications and Other Works

Title

Sex Roles and Criminality: Science or Conventional Wisdom?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1978

Abstract

It is argued that past theoretical work on female crime and delinquency has employed and built upon a set of nonrational sexist assumptions which have rarely been explicitly articulated in the work itself. And yet the theory on female misconduct cannot be adequately comprehended without an awareness of this accompanying set of assumptions. Until these ideas are critically examined and subjected to empirical scrutiny, progress will not be made in understanding female criminality and the allegation that it is on the increase.

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