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Gender and Crime

5. Gender, Masculinity and Male Criminality

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Lecture

In this lecture, we think about how feminist criminology has contributed to our understanding of male criminality, focusing in particular on: (i) the sense in which feminist criminology asks different kinds of questions to traditional (pre-1970) criminology, notably 'What is it about men that makes them so disposed to criminality?'; (ii) the work of Toby Jefferson and the concept of gender role socialisation; and (iii) the work of Raewyn Connell and James Messerschmidt and the concept of hegemonic masculinity.

Course

In this course, Dr Karen Evans (University of Liverpool) explores several topics related to gender and crime. In the first lecture, we think about the differences between men and women as perpetrators of crime. To what extent, in other words, is there a difference between the kinds of crimes committed by men and the kinds of crimes committed by women? In the second lecture, we think about the differences between men and women as victims of crime. In the third lecture, we explore some theories of female offending. Next, we look at the topic of feminist criminology. In the fifth lecture, we consider how some of the more recent, feminist theories of criminology have enhanced our understanding of male criminality. In the sixth and final lecture, we think about the role played by gender in the criminal justice system in England and Wales, and consider whether the criminal justice system would be better served by pursuing substantive rather than formal equality.

Lecturer

Dr Karen Evans is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool. Her work has focused, although not exclusively, on communities in excluded neighbourhoods and their responses to marginalisation and deprivation. From the early 1990s this focus on the urban experience took Karen into research which was more criminological in nature as the fear of crime and victimisation increased in many neighbourhoods.

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Evans, K. (2021, August 23). Gender and Crime - Gender, Masculinity and Male Criminality [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/gender-and-crime/gender-masculinity-and-male-criminality

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Evans, K. "Gender and Crime – Gender, Masculinity and Male Criminality." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 23 Aug 2021, https://massolit.io/courses/gender-and-crime/gender-masculinity-and-male-criminality

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