Gender and Crime

TitleGender and Crime
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsKruttschnitt C.
JournalAnnual Review of Sociology
Type of ArticleArticle; Book Chapter
ISBN Number0360-0572
Accession NumberWOS:000324049100015
Keywordsantisocial-behavior, criminological theory, decision-making, female offending, feminist research, general strain theory, life-course, power-control theory, self-control theory, serious delinquency, sex-differences, social-control, violent crime

Beginning with the last review of gender and crime that appeared in the Annual Review of Sociology (1996), I examine the developments in the more traditional approaches to this subject (the gender ratio problem and the problem of theoretical generalization), life course research, and feminist research (gendered pathways, gendered crime, and gendered lives). This review highlights important insights that have emerged in this work on gender and crime, and it considers how this work might be further enriched by drawing on sociological theories that can address how gendered lives shape the impetus and opportunities for offending. This includes work on the context of offending, the learning and expression of emotions, and identity theory.