Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: March 31, 2011 | DOI: 10.4135/9781446200926 | Print ISBN: 9781412920384 | Online ISBN: 9781446200926 | Publisher:SAGE Publications LtdAbout this handbook
Chapter 12: Feminist Perspectives in Criminology: A Review with Gen Y in Mind
Feminist perspectives in criminology: A review with gen y in mind What does feminism mean to Generation Y? Born in affluent western nations between 1980 and 1992, Gen Y is in their late teens and twenties, the age range of those reading texts like this. 1 A UK study suggests that for Gen Y members, ‘the cultural and economic enfranchisement of women is deep rooted and irreversible’, and Gen Y men and women hold similar attitudes ‘not only to work and politics but even to feminism itself’ (Wynter, 2006: 145, quoting Demos Foundation). In fact, many (most?) Gen Y women do not call themselves feminists. I am confronted, then, with a problem: what does a chapter on feminist perspectives in criminology mean to readers for whom feminism or feminist perspectives are viewed as irrelevant? Another way to view the situation is to assume that popularised versions of feminist ideas have ...