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date: 24 October 2020

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Although scholarship on gender, sex, and crime today retains a focus on many of the topics—such as sexual violence, spouse abuse, and gendered reactions to crime—that animated the field from its origins in the work of feminist criminologists in the 1970s, it has also expanded enormously in the subjects of study, the theoretical frameworks that inform it, and the disciplines that engage in it. This essay discusses how the concepts featured in the handbook’s title—gender, sex, and crime—have been elaborated and transformed over the past few decades in ways that reflect but also shape research and thinking in this field. Recent understandings and applications of these concepts are diverse and at times discordant, signaling the vitality of the literature on gender, sex, and crime. This essay illustrates the range of topics and perspectives represented in the handbook in brief summaries of each of the thirty-five essays.

Keywords: defining crime, sex, and gender, multidisciplinarity, cross-national research, intersections

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