Dissertation on Crime and Gender

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Crime & Gender


I. Introduction

- Why Gender? Why Crime?

II. Ground Rules

- Laying the Foundation for a Thorough Discussion: Feminism & Sociological Motivation

III. Offenders

- Women who Violate the "Norm"

IV. Victims

- In their "natural" place...

V. In the System

- The Influence of Dominant Social Structures & Paradigms

VI. Field Perspective

- A Short Experimental Inquiry into Current Perceptions about Women & Violent Crime

VII. The Verdict

- Moving Forward with Facts... and assumptions


Appendix A - Research Surveys

Appendix B - Annotated SPPS Output

Appendix C - Raw Data

Why Gender? Why Crime?

The answer to the question posed above could be any one of the following:

1) In the tradition of Sir Edmund Hillary in referring to why he climbed Mt. Everst, simply, "Because it is there".

2) In the modern tradition of rhetoric, "Why not?"

3) In 'typical' answer one might expect, because both are compelling, engaging topics in which virtually everyone has a vested interest in and both are issues fundamental to the social and political fabric of modern life.

The truth is simply "all of the above" with a heavy emphasis on #3. These topics have the fortune of being both broad and "loaded". It is broad in the sense that both subjects, in and of themselves, is the subject of the life's work of numerous notable academians as well as that of many law enforcement, social service and legal professionals. Without question, the subjects, especially gender, is loaded with emotion. While many might believe that feminism is a wasted effort to redirect attention and funds, others pursue the topic with all the righteous vigor of that associated with the abolition of slavery. The topics of gender and crime would be much easier to cover if, like a...