In Her Own Words: Women Offenders Views on Crime and Victimization: An Anthology

Paperback | August 12, 2005

EditorLeanne Fiftal Alarid, Paul Cromwell

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In Her Own Words: Women Offenders' Views on Crime and Victimization offers first-hand accounts of women's experience with crime and victimization and provides a rare opportunity for students to view the world from the perspective of the female offender. The text is designed to offer asurrogate experience--an inside view on how female law-breaking behavior overlaps with victimization in some cases, and how law breaking is a rational choice in others. The authors of each article befriend, observe, and interview women who are involved in lawbreaking behaviors and may also themselves be victimized. Topics include sex work, drugs, violent crime, property crime, desistance from crime, and women as victims of crime. Students will encounter women whohave engaged in prostitution, murder, robbery, drug dealing and gang activities--all of whom discuss their motives, perceptions, decision-making strategies, and rationalizations for crime. The data from these ethnographic studies provide abundant description and detail about the personal experiences and perspectives of offenders so that readers understand the commonalities shared by both criminalized and victimized women. In every case, however, the story is told from theperspective, and in the words of, the offender. In Her Own Words takes a "pathways to crime" approach and assumes that present cultural values define what is considered illegal, immoral, or in need of government intervention. The book places the interviews in a theoretical and social scientific context so that the reader can better understandhow much of female offending behavior is linked to prior victimization and how much is rational choice. The law tends to criminalize individuals who face victimization from domestic abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, or are marginalized in some way through poverty or discrimination. As such, a criminalized woman may share many commonalities of women who are victimized, such as a feeling ofpowerlessness or learned helplessness, and involvement in oppressive relationships.

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In Her Own Words: Women Offenders' Views on Crime and Victimization offers first-hand accounts of women's experience with crime and victimization and provides a rare opportunity for students to view the world from the perspective of the female offender. The text is designed to offer asurrogate experience--an inside view on how female l...

Leanne Fiftal Alarid is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at University of Missouri--Kansas City. Paul Cromwell is a Professor of Criminal Justice at Wichita State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:246 pages, 6.81 × 9.88 × 0.51 inPublished:August 12, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Section I: Women's Pathways to Crime: Linking Victimization and Criminalization1. From Victims to Survivors to Offenders: Women's Routes of Entry and Immersion Into Street Crime, Mary E. Gilfus2. Black Women's Pathways to Involvement in Illicit Drug Distribution and Sales, Lisa Maher, Eloise Dunlap, and Bruce D. Johnson3. Coping, Resisting, and Surviving: Connecting Women's Law Violations to Their History of Abuse, Elizabeth Comack4. Naming Oneself Criminal: Gender Differences in Offenders' Identity Negotiation, Brenda Geiger and Michael FischerSection II: The Nexus Between Criminal Behavior and Family 5. 'I'm Calling My Mom': The Meaning of Family and Kinship Among Latina Homegirls, Geoffrey P. Hunt, Kathleen MacKenzie, and Karen A. Joe-Laidler6. The Lives and Times of Asian-Pacific American Women Methamphetamine Users, Karen A. Joe-Laidler7. The Impact of Mothering on Criminal Offending, Kathleen J. Ferraro and Angela M. Moe8. Women Who Have Killed Their Children, Susan M. Crimmins, Sandra C. Langley, Henry H. Brownstein, and Barry J. SpuntSection III: Crime Partnerships, Networks, and Gangs9. Do Women Play a Primary or a Secondary Role in Felony Offenses? A Comparison by Race/Ethnicity, Leanne Fiftal Alarid, James W. Marquart, Velmer S. Burton Jr., Francis T. Cullen, and Steven J. Cuvelier10. A Woman's Place Is in the Home: Females and Residential Burglary, Scott H. Decker, Richard Wright, Allison Redfern, and Dietrich Smith11. Comparing Female Gangs of Various Ethnicities: Young Women of African-American, El Salvadoran, and Mexican Descent, David C. Brotherton12. Young Women and Gang Violence: Gender, Street Offending, and Violent Victimization in Gangs, Scott H. Decker and Jody MillerSection IV: Economic Marginality and Survival Crimes13. One Woman's Voice: My Mother Was a Whore, Nikki Levine14. Violent Victimization of Street Sex Workers, Steven P. Kurtz, Hilary L. Surratt, James A. Inciardi, and Marion C. Kiley15. The Entanglement of Agency, Violence, and Law in the Lives of Women in Prostitution, Lisa E. Sanchez16. Homelessness and Temporary Living Arrangements in the Inner-City Crack Culture, Lisa Maher, Eloise Dunlap, Bruce D. Johnson, and Ansley HamidSection V: Women's Crime as Rational Choice17. One Woman's Voice: Stealing in College, Dorothy Allison18. Women, Work, and Crime, Deborah R. Baskin and Ira Sommers19. Property Crime as It Relates to Women Drug Dealers, Barbara Denton and Pat O'Malley20. Up It Up: Gender and the Accomplishment of Street Robbery, Jody Miller21. Women Who Kill in Drug Market Situations, Henry H. Brownstein, Barry J. Spunt, Susan M. Crimmins, and Sandra C. Langley22. Pathways Out of Crime: Crime Desistance by Female Street Offenders, Ira Sommers, Deborah R. Baskin, and Jeffrey Fagan

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"What makes this anthology so unique and interesting is its exclusive use of research using feminist methodology, including in-depth and life-history interviews. In addition, the authors select essays that highlight the diversity of experiences of female offenders, particularly related to raceand class."--Heather Melton, University of Utah