Inequalities of Crime

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Title Inequalities of Crime
Author Daly, Kathleen; Lincoln, Robyn
Book Title Crime and Justice: An Australian Textbook in Criminology
Editor Andrew Goldsmith, Mark Israel, and Kathleen Daly
Year Published 2003
Place of publication Pyrmont, NSW
Publisher Lawbook Company
Abstract This chapter explores seven major propositions on the relationship between crime and social inequality, moving from the societal level to the individual criminal act. We then turn to the image that criminologists have of inequalities of people and the ways they explain the disproportionate presence of disadvantaged groups in the criminal justice system. This image, which we term the familiar analysis of inequality, focuses on class, and to a lesser extent, on race/ethnicity and age. However, the familiar analysis has a major flaw: it ignores sex/gender. When sex/gender is drawn into the analysis, two observations can be made. The first is that it is males who are most likely to offend or to be subject to criminalisation. The second is that men's private violence, that is, violence against women and children they know, is not addressed. The familiar analysis is also flawed because it collapses race and class, using racial classification as a substitute for class. Finally, the familiar analysis utilises elements of inequality in a categorical fashion and thus fails to acknowledge the intersectionality of class, race/ethnicity, gender, and age. We explore the ways in which crime is predictably structured by multiple forms of inequality, even as we know that it is enacted and experienced within complex and contingent configurations of power.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.thomson.com.au/
Alternative URI http://books.google.com.au/
Edition 2nd
Chapter Number 6
Page from 105
Page to 122
ISBN 0-455-21831-5
Date Accessioned 2004-02-23
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-Criminology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/568
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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