Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice

2014 Edition
| Editors: Gerben Bruinsma, David Weisburd

Women and White-Collar Crime

  • Mary Dodge
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5690-2_76



Women’s involvement in white-collar crime has received little attention in the popular press and scholarly literature. A similar pattern of indifference occurred for most aspects of gender and crime until the 1970s, primarily because women were far less likely to engage in illegal behavior. The mid-1970s represented a period of transformation in criminological studies which coalesced with the momentum of the women’s rights movement. The next three decades placed gender and crime on the research forefront as feminist scholars sought to challenge and change the masculine focus of criminal behavior – except in corporate and occupational crime. The higher crime rates among women were perplexing, with little theoretical explanation and scant data to provide a framework for scholarly examinations. The 1980s and 1990s resulted in remarkable efforts by academics to explain gender...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public AffairsUniversity of Colorado DenverDenverUSA