Men and Women Inmates’ Accounts of Their Pathways to Crime: A Gender Analysis

Keren Gueta, Gila Chen

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Most of the research on gender differences in crime has been based on quantitative methods and focused on either women or men, but not both. In this qualitative study, we explored the association between gender and perceived pathways to crime. We employed a thematic analysis of 20 interviews with inmates, focusing on how they negotiated notions about femininity and masculinity while constructing their own pathways to crime. Men and women presented different pathways, but both oscillated between pathways guided by victimization and by power seeking. The findings suggest possible new directions regarding the use of gender binaries in criminology research and indicate the heavy toll of gender essentialism on both genders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1459-1472
Number of pages14
JournalDeviant Behavior
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016

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