Pub. date: 2002 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950664 | Print ISBN: 9780761922582 | Online ISBN: 9781412950664| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Women and Crime in A Global Perspective
Rita J. Simon
Interest in and research on women and crime came into their own beginning in the early 1970s. Interest in the female offender was a specific result of the increased general interest and attention that all aspects of women's lives had been receiving since the latter part of the 1960s. Women themselves were largely responsible for their increased visibility. Having organized into a visible and vocal social movement whose objective was the attainment of greater freedom and more responsibility, they also succeeded in drawing attention to themselves. One of the consequences of this attention was questioning of and research on many aspects of women's roles that had been of little interest or concern to social scientists, clinicians, and law enforcement officials. This entry, which reports the finding of a study of women's crime in twenty-seven nations, provides a collective portrait of women's involvement in different types of criminal activities (violent and ...