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Social Science Criminology

The Oxford Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Crime

edited by Rosemary Gartner & Bill McCarthy

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
May 2019
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    May 2019
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    Jun 2014
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Research on gender, sex, and crime today remains focused on topics that have been a mainstay of the field for several decades, but it has also recently expanded to include studies from a variety of disciplines, a growing number of countries, and on a wider range of crimes. The Oxford Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Crime reflects this growing diversity and provides authoritative overviews of current research and theory on how gender and sex shape crime and criminal justice responses to it.

The editors, Rosemary Gartner and Bill McCarthy, have assembled a diverse cast of criminologists, historians, legal scholars, psychologists, and sociologists from a number of countries to discuss key concepts and debates central to the field. The Handbook includes examinations of the historical and contemporary patterns of women's and men's involvement in crime; as well as biological, psychological, and social science perspectives on gender, sex, and criminal activity. Several essays discuss the ways in which sex and gender influence legal and popular reactions to crime. An important theme throughout The Handbook is the intersection of sex and gender with ethnicity, class, age, peer groups, and community as influences on crime and justice. Individual chapters investigate both conventional topics - such as domestic abuse and sexual violence - and topics that have only recently drawn the attention of scholars - such as human trafficking, honor killing, gender violence during war, state rape, and genocide.

The Oxford Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Crime offers an unparalleled and comprehensive view of the connections among gender, sex, and crime in the United States and in many other countries. Its insights illuminate both traditional areas of study in the field and pathways for developing cutting-edge research questions.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Rosemary Gartner is Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Sociology at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. Her research has examined comparative and historical patterns of violence, gender and intimate violence, the imprisonment of women, and relationships between legitimate and illegitimate violence. She is also the co-author of three books: Violence and Crime in Cross-National Perspective (1984), Murdering Holiness: The Trials of Edmund Creffield and George Mitchell (2003), and Marking Time in the Golden State: Women's Imprisonment in California (2005).

Bill McCarthy is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. His current research focuses on service work and health, race and crime, violence, and harassment. He is also the co-author (with John Hagan) of Mean Streets: Youth Crime and Homelessness (1997).

Editorial Reviews

"This is an outstanding volume on crime, gender, and sex because it has been written by scholars whose studies are based on research, and whose articles include their own insight developed over long years of study and experience."


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