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Gender and Justice: new concepts and approaches

Frances Heidensohn| (ed)
Willan Pubilshing (October 2006)

Questions about gender, justice and crime are constantly in the public arena, whether they focus on young women getting drunk or taking drugs, or the rising numbers of women going to prison or committing violent crimes - or reports of macho behaviour on the part of men in the military, law enforcement or professional sport.

This book provides a key text for students seeking to understand feminist and gendered perspectives on criminology and criminal justice, bringing together the most innovative research and work which has taken the study of the relationship between gender and justice into the 21st century. The book addresses many of the issues of concern to the established feminist agenda (such as the gender gap, equity in teh criminal justice system, penal regimes and their impact on women), but also shows the ways in which these themes have been extended, reinterpreted and answered in new and distinctive ways.

Organised into sections on gender and offending behaviour, gender and the criminal justice system, and new concepts and approaches, Gender and Justice: new concepts and approaches will be essential reading for students taking courses in criminology and criminal justice, and anybody else wishing to understand the complex and changing relationship between gender and justice.

Frances Heidensohn is visiting professor, Department of Sociology, LSE, and emeritus professor of social policy, University of London. She has researched and written about gender, crime and justice for many years, and was awarded the Sellin Glueck Award of the American Society of Criminology in 2004 for her international contributions to criminology.

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