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The Invisible Woman
Gender, Crime, and Justice

Fifth Edition
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September 2020 | 568 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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The Invisible Woman: Gender, Crime, and Justice offers a thorough exploration of the theories and issues regarding the experiences of women and girls with the criminal justice system as victims, offenders, and criminal justice professionals. Working to counter the "invisibility" of women in criminal justice, this definitive text utilizes a feminist perspective that incorporates current research, theory, and the intersections of sexism with racism, classism, and other types of oppression. Focusing on empowerment of marginalized populations, author Joanne Belknap’s gendered approach to the criminal justice system examines how to improve the visibility of women and to promote their role in society.

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PART I: INTRODUCTION
 
CHAPTER 1. Gendering Criminology through an Intersectional Lens
 
PART II: WOMEN AND GIRLS’ OFFENDING
 
CHAPTER 2. Theories Part I: Positivist, Evolutionary, Strain, Differential Association, Social Control, and Women’s Emancipation Theories
 
CHAPTER 3. Theories Part II: Critical, Labeling, Cycle of Violence, Life Course, Pathways, and Masculinity Theories
 
CHAPTER 4. Accounting for Gender Crime Patterns
 
CHAPTER 5. The Context of Women’s and Girls Offending for Specific Crimes
 
CHAPTER 6. Processing Women and Girls in the Criminal Legal System
 
CHAPTER 7. Incarcerating, Punishing, and “Treating” Offending Women and Girls
 
PART III: GENDER-BASED ABUSE
 
CHAPTER 8. Gender-Based Abuse (GBA)
 
CHAPTER 9. Focusing on Sexual Abuse
 
CHAPTER 10. Intimate Partner Abuse (IPA) and Stalking
 
PART IV: WOMEN WORKING IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
 
CHAPTER 11. Women Working in Prisons and Jails
 
CHAPTER 12. Women Working in Policing and Law Enforcement
 
CHAPTER 13. Women Working in the Courts
 
PART V: CONCLUSIONS
 
CHAPTER 14. Effecting Change

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The Invisible Woman should be a required text for every Criminal Justice student. It provides an in-depth look at women in the criminal justice system from a feminist perspective that examines women offenders to women practitioners in the field. The approach is very appealing, especially in our current political climate.”

Angelina Inesia-Forde
Walden University

The Invisible Woman is the authority, in my opinion, for discussions about gender and crime…It is a straightforward and compelling text that applies a feminist perspective in understanding complex issues, involving women and gender, crime, offending, victimization, and the practitioner experience.”

Christina Mancini
Virginia Commonwealth University

"I appreciate that this text offers a balance of addressing theory, offending, victimization, and women’s participation in criminal justice institutions. The text’s commitment to a feminist perspective provides a welcome distinction from other currently available books.”

Benjamin D. Albers
Bridgewater College

“The text provides informative and insightful information on what’s happening with women while providing strategic activities on how to improve the visibility of women to ensure programs, services, and promote their role in society.”

Robbin Day Brooks
Arizona State University

The Invisible Woman is the best book out there to date.”

J. Robert Duke
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Key features
NEW AND KEY FEATURES:
  • New and timely topics are examined, including queer criminology, anti-carceral/abolitionist feminism, structural sexism, adultification, environmental criminology, the #MeToo movement, revenge porn, and trauma-informed care.
  • A renewed focus on marginalized populations is included with new discussions of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, children of incarcerated women, IPA tactics by perpetrators against immigrant, LGBTQI+, and people with disabilities, non-binary gender identities, and transphobia in policing.
  • New data and research throughout provide readers with an up-to-date perspective on gender and the criminal justice system today.
  • Chapter 4 from the previous edition is now separated into two new chapters (Chapter 4: Accounting for Gender Crime Patterns and Chapter 5: The Context of Women’s and Girls’ Offending).
  • Built on the powerful theme of “invisible women” and featuring a strong feminist perspective, this definitive text offers a comprehensive survey of multidisciplinary research and theory on female offenders, victims, and criminal justice workers.

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