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date: 15 August 2020

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This essay provides an overview of the contribution of feminist criminologies to an intersectional analysis of sex, gender, and crime. Dozens of scholars have participated in these debates over the past four decades. This essay draws on interviews with ten internationally distinguished scholars to reflect upon the distinctive contributions of feminism to our knowledge about sex, gender, and crime. The essay concludes that feminist work within criminology continues to face a number of lingering challenges in a world where concerns about gender inequality are marginalized; where tensions around the best strategies for change remain contentious; where hard questions about the female capacity to commit violence are avoided; and where a backlash, antifeminist politics distorts the responsibility of feminism for female violence. This essay critically reviews these lingering challenges—locating feminist approaches at the center and not the periphery of advancing knowledge about gender, sex, and crime.

Keywords: feminist criminology, antifeminist backlash, female crime and violence

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