Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Women of Color and Crime

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_68


The most common profile of a woman imprisoned is one who is impoverished, is undereducated, has sporadic employment, and is a woman of color. While scholars in years past have cited the need for more research on women offenders of color (Britton 2000; Enos 1997; Russell-Brown 2004), there remains a dearth of information on this group, especially from a feminist perspective. Because of the varied perspectives of women of color, scholars argue that mainstream criminological theories may be inadequate to explain offending behavior by women of color (Joseph 2006; Russell-Brown 2004). Further, studies that have included women of color often fail to disaggregate women from men of color or from White women (Joseph 2006; Russell-Brown 2004).

This entry will focus on a variety of female offenders within the following races and ethnicities: African American, Latina, Native American, Asian, and Asian American. A summary of the theoretical background of feminist work and what feminist...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of Colorado BoulderBoulderUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA