This chapter highlights two major theoretical perspectives that are relied on in this study. Firstly, the empirical data are contextualised within the broader socioeconomic contexts as a result of neoliberal policy and practice in post-Mao China; and secondly, the gendered nature of this study is focused on examining three categories of female offenders, their conditions in life, and their positions in crime, which have been shaped by the criminogenic effects of neoliberalism. The fact that despite varied personal circumstances all the respondents were motivated by powerful economic incentives helps establish a causal link between the social status and situated conditions of the female law-breakers and female criminality in the twenty-first century.


Chinese Woman Rapid Social Change Criminal Market Informal Entrepreneurship Female Criminality 
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© Anqi Shen 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Teesside UniversityUK

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