012w11d1 - Gender and Criminology Historically,...

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Gender and Criminology Historically, criminologists focused exclusively on male crime. Males are disproportionately involved in crime. • Victims report that their assailants are male in more than 80% of violent personal crimes (NCVS). Males make up the majority of arrests and prison population. • The overall male-female arrest ratio is 3.5 males arrested for every 1 female (UCR). Most historical criminologists were men. How do we explain the gender gap? And how do we explain Female crime? Recent sociological theories have sought to bring gender back into theory.
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The Media and Gender
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Explaining Gender Gap in Crime: Gender Socialization Learned images of “masculinity” and “femininity” may explain gender gap in crime. Cultural definitions of “Masculinity” Independent Aggressive Competitive Risk Takers Athletic Definitions of “Femininity” Caring Emotional/Happy Sexy/Provocative Appearance/Fashion Conscious What explains female criminals?
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