Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: November 23, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412959193 | Print ISBN: 9781412959186 | Online ISBN: 9781412959193| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Miller, Jody: Gendered Social Organization Theory
Laura S. Logan
Jody Miller's work in criminology illuminates how gender shapes crime and victimization. Her work is innovative in its application of the concept of gendered social organization to criminology. Miller's work focuses on how gender shapes experiences of crime and violence for women and girls, as well as men and boys, and on the ways that gender intersects with street environments and offender networks. To understand Miller's theoretical contribution, it is critical to first appreciate that in the literature on gendered organizations, gender is more than an individual attribute. It is not something that only individuals possess; it is rather a social, structural, relational, and institutional force. Therefore Miller's theory of gendered social organization in criminology is best understood as the theory of how social, structural, relational, and institutional gender organizes crime and victimization. This focus has been consistent throughout Miller's work, including, in her research on women and street robbery ...