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Gender and Crime

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Karen Evans (University of Liverpool) explores several topics related to gender and crime. In the first module, we think about the differences between men and women as perpetrators of crime. To what extent, in other words, is there a difference between the kinds of crimes committed by men and the kinds of crimes committed by women? After that, in the second module, we think about the differences between men and women as victims of crime. In the third and fourth modules, we explore the various theories that have attempted to explain female offending, including the theories of Cesare Lombroso, W. I. Thomas, Otto Pollak, Freda Adler, and Kathleen Daley, before turning in the fifth module to consider how some of the more recent, feminist theories of criminology have enhanced our understanding of male criminality. Finally, in the sixth module, we think about the role played by gender in the criminal justice system in England and Wales, and consider whether the criminal justice system would be better served by pursuing substantive rather than formal equality.

About the Lecturer

Dr Karen Evans is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool. Her work has focused, although not exclusively, on communities in excluded neighbourhoods and their responses to marginalisation and deprivation. From the early 1990s this focus on the urban experience took Karen into research which was more criminological in nature as the fear of crime and victimisation increased in many neighbourhoods.

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