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Subject: gender differences in committing crime
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: sueby123-ga
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Posted: 09 Apr 2005 04:14 PDT
Expires: 09 May 2005 04:14 PDT
Question ID: 507128
why men and women committ different types of crime - Can you find me two studies?
Subject: Re: gender differences in committing crime
Answered By: aliciadenney-ga on 09 Apr 2005 18:43 PDT
Hello Sueby123!

Your request seems to simply be finding two studies that explore
possible explanations for why men and women are more prone to
commiting certain crimes, respectively.  In essence, you'd like two
studies which address the role that gender plays in criminal activity.

To that end, I will provide you with precisely what you have
requested. Two studies. Should you require any expounding, please do
let me know and I will be more than glad to provide you with whatever
other information (pertinent to this question) you may be seeking.

My search strategy was simple:  
I headed to, which generates results similar to
that of, but specifically in the realm of academe, meaning
most of the articles found via this tool are peer-reviewed, but not

I searched "gender" + "types of crime," which yielded the following results:

From this search, I have derived the following peer-reviewed studies
which seem to most effectively get at the crux of your request:

1) GENDER AND CRIME: Toward a Gendered Theory of Female Offending
   Annual Review of Sociology
   Vol. 22: 459-487 (Volume publication date August 1996) 

2)  The Importance of Using a Gendered Analysis to Understand Women in Prison

ABSTRACT:  Sex, according to Belknap (1996, and many others,
forexample;   Carlen, 1988; Faith, 1993; Naffine, 1996) isthe most
powerful variable regarding crime given itsoverwhelming predictive
value in not only who commitscrime but also who commits what types of
crimes (seealso Cressey, 1964). But more than that, the contexts
ofwomen’s lives and men’s lives differ in important ways.Patriarchy
and its privileges are defining qualities ofour culture, and as such
have influenced criminologyand the criminal justice system (Belknap,
1996). In thisdiscussion I will show how using a gendered analysis
ofwomen in prison allows us to better understand theparticular
problems women face, point to some of thedifferences between women and
men in how they do theirtime and between programming and services for
womenand men, and conclude by discussing the mostappropriate responses
to women lawbreakers. I will alsorefer to interviews I conducted
during a study of womenin a minimum security prison in Western North
Carolina.This is not a theoretical discussion of women and crime(for
works in that area see: Bowker, 1981; Chesney-Lind & Bloom, 1997; Daly
& Chesney-Lind, 1989;Naffine, 1987; and Steffensmeier & Streifel,
1992).For women, the criminal justice system haspunished unfeminine
offenses, particularly,. . . if they cannot prove obedience to the
standards of traditional womanhood.

Again, please let me know if by stating that you wanted "two," you
were speaking proverbially, rather than literally.

Apparently, this is an area desperately in need of research. 
Something to consider, for posterity!  :)

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