Critically Evaluate Feminist Explanations of Female Criminal Behaviour.
The involvement of females in crime and as the committers of crime was once a rare phenomenon but in recent years a dramatic increase has been seen all over the world. In England and Wales statistics have shown between 1994 and 2006 female crimes have steadily increased and have since continued to do so (MOJ 2009). Many sociological explanations and interpretations have arisen to coincide this surge in female offending as to understand its recent development in society. This assignment will look at different feminist explanations and critically evaluate them and their value in understanding female crime.
In contemporary society women still commit less crimes than …show more content…
Feminist criminology developed around the same time as the feminist movement which focused on ensuring the protection of women and to eradicate gender inequality. This began a new perspective for women and crime and offered new explanations and theories for women in the criminal justice system from a female point of view. It allowed for the first time for a critique that incorporated the idea that paths to crime differ for male and female offenders, rather than the traditional male dominated perspective. (Hagan, 2010) It enables sex to be used as an independent variable not as a controlled