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Cultural Criminology and Gender Consciousness: Moving Feminist Theory From Margin to Center

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posted on 22.07.2020 by L Naegler, Sarah Salman
© 2016, © The Author(s) 2016. Cultural criminology emerged in the mid-nineties with defining texts written by Jock Young, Keith Hayward, and Jeff Ferrell, among others. Since its inception, it has been criticized for its shallow connections with feminist theory. While in theory cultural criminology clearly acknowledges the influence of feminist scholarship, it has in practice often only superficially ‘added’ on gender and sexuality to its scholarly investigations. Yet, as we argue, research identified with cultural criminology has much to gain from feminist theory. This article reviews a range of cultural criminological scholarship, particularly studies of subcultures, edgework, and terrorism. We investigate three themes significant for feminist research: masculinities and femininities, sexual attraction and sexualities, and intersectionality. Such themes, if better incorporated, would strengthen cultural criminology by increasing the explanatory power of resulting analyses. We conclude by advocating that feminist ideas be routinely integrated into cultural criminological research.

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Naegler, L. & Salman, S. (2016). Cultural Criminology and Gender Consciousness: Moving Feminist Theory From Margin to Center. Feminist Criminology, 11(4), 354-374. https://doi.org/10.1177/1557085116660609

Journal title

Feminist Criminology

Volume

11

Issue

4

Publication date

01/10/2016

Pagination

354-374

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Publication status

Published

Online publication date

24/07/2016

ISSN

1557-0851

eISSN

1557-086X

Language

en

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