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Socialisation / Social Control: This form of explanation focuses upon the idea that females in our society are socialised differently to males. In this respect, female socialisation clearly stresses passivity as a feminine characteristic (which might help to explain something about the relative lack of female violence) and it is evident from studies analysed by feminist writers such as Abbott and Wallace ("An Introduction To Sociology: Feminist Perspectives", 1990) that female behaviour tends to be more-strictly controlled within the family, for example. . This is especially true of female sexuality which tends to be more heavily "policed" than young male sexual behaviour, for example. The following reading from Abbott and Wallace looks more closely at some general theoretical explanations of the relationship between females and crime. Can you identify any ways in which female socialisation might stress passivity in their relations with others? This "social control" argument does, of course, work both ways. In any social group where control is tightly enforced, there is less likelihood of certain types of crime being committed (by males as well as females). This applies to any social situation: If opportunity is denied, then a particular form of crime (whether it be petty theft or whatever), does not occur. However, as females are given more freedom we would expect them to become involved in various forms of criminal behaviour. In this respect, police and judicial expectations may be significant, since if the police start to perceive females differently, the likely development is greater levels of arrest and criminalization. As I suggested earlier, this does indeed appear to be happening, insofar as more females are being subjected to a process of criminalization.
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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