Lessons from the gender agenda

Authored by: Pamela Davies

Handbook of Victims and Victimology

Print publication date:  September  2007
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9781843922582
eBook ISBN: 9780203118207
Adobe ISBN: 9781136308383


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This chapter is concerned with identifying what we know about how gender relates to the victimological enterprise. It is concerned equally to acknowledge that there are significant gaps in our knowledge about gendered patterns of risk to victimisation, fear of becoming victimised, experiences of and responses to victimisation. Moreover, as criminologists and/or victimologists we have a limited understanding and appreciation of how, when and where a gendered approach might be useful. In order to clarify some of these ‘knowledge problems’ in respect of women, men, gender and victimology the content of this chapter is organised around three main subject headings: gender and victimology; feminisms, gender and victimology; and masculinities, gender and victimology. Under these headings several key questions are considered. These include the following:

What are the most significant features of the study of gender and victimology?

What are the major achievements?

What lies ahead for the future in terms of research and practice?

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