Gender and crime

Maiti, Tanay and Langan, Lukus (2021) Gender and crime. In: Criminal psychology and the criminal justice system in India and beyond. Springer, Singapore, pp. 119-131. ISBN 9789811645709

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Crime is a heterogeneous social phenomenon and does not merely reflect deviant behaviour that is incompatible with society’s laws. Criminality can be used as a lens through which greater insight into a society’s economic and moral values might be gleaned, but within the field of criminology, there seems to be a dearth of dedicated research into the relationship between gender and criminality. Indeed, gender-specific crimes tend to occur at higher rates within developing, low-, and middle-income countries, where one gender is committing or being victimized more so than another gender for specific crimes. Societal influences and cultural norms, as well as the role of the criminal justice system, undoubtably shape the ways in which women and men are able to be both the victims and the perpetrators of various criminal acts. By improving our understanding of this topic and by collecting further evidence of reliable predictors of criminality, research into the relationship between gender and crime will ideally contribute towards a society that may one day be described as ‘equal’.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Crime patterns | Female offenders | Victimization | Gender gap | Domestic violence
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Psychology > Applied Psychology
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2022 11:01
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2023 10:48
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