Sex Roles

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 111–125

Sex roles and criminality: Science or conventional wisdom?


  • Neal Shover
    • Department of SociologyUniversity of Tennessee
  • Stephen Norland
    • Department of SociologyUniversity of Tennessee

DOI: 10.1007/BF00288382

Cite this article as:
Shover, N. & Norland, S. Sex Roles (1978) 4: 111. doi:10.1007/BF00288382


It is argued that past theoretical work on female crime and delinquency has employed and built upon a set of nonrational sexist assumptions which have rarely been explicitly articulated in the work itself. And yet the theory on female misconduct cannot be adequately comprehended without an awareness of this accompanying set of assumptions. Until these ideas are critically examined and subjected to empirical scrutiny, progress will not be made in understanding female criminality and the allegation that it is on the increase.

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