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Gender, Crime, and Justice: Exploring the Dynamics

Andrew Wilczak
Gender, Crime, and Justice: Exploring the Dynamics
ISBN: 978-1-62637-659-5
ISBN: 978-1-62637-660-1
ISBN: 978-1-62637-710-3
2017/291 pages/LC: 2017005756
"An excellent introduction [to] the dynamics of gender and the criminal justice system as a whole.” —Shon M. Reed, Criminal Justice Review

"[A]n excellent introduction to the topics of gender, crime, and punishment.... [The] approach is serious but accessible, making the book ideal for undergraduates or students without a lot of background in sociological theory. Weaving together classical theories, recent empirical studies, and contemporary examples from the news and media, Wilczak presents the complex subjects of gender, intersectionality, and criminal justice in relatable ways.... Highly recommended."—Choice

"Discussions are effectively punctuated with just the right amount of thought-provoking questions that lead the uninitiated through the unpacking of difficult concepts and invite them to experiment with different ways of thinking about gender, crime, and justice... issues that are highlighted are especially relevant to the interests of today’s college students, and the price is right for class use."—Phoebe Morgan, Gender & Society


Exactly what role does gender play in crime, and in the criminal justice system? Addressing this two-part question from the perspective of the offender, the victim, the community, and the overall justice system, Andrew Wilczak provides an accessible introduction to the full range of issues involved.

Notably, this comprehensive text:

• features an inclusive focus on both men and women
• encompasses theory, as well as realities on the ground
• draws on popular culture
• challenges students to ask difficult questions
• ties concepts to students' own lives
• incorporates an intersectional approach

Designed to simultaneously engage and instruct, the book is ideally suited for classroom use.


Andrew Wilczak is assistant professor of criminology and sociology at Wilkes University.


  • Studying Crime and Gender: Why Does It Matter?
  • The Critical Perspective.
  • A Refresher on Theories of Crime.
  • From Juvenile Delinquency to Adult Crime.
  • Gangs and Drug Violence.
  • Relationship Violence.
  • Sexual Violence.
  • Gender in the System.
  • Life After Prison.
  • The Intersection of Gender, Race, and Class: Everything Matters.