Consider the following questions to check your understanding.
- How useful are historical perspectives to the study of gender, crime and victimization?
- To what extent are contemporary concerns about women offenders grounded in the past?
- Outline the key themes that have underpinned the construction of women offenders over time – give examples.
- Critically discuss the problem of using historical data sources.
- In what ways were women’s bodies defined as ‘risky’ and in need of regulation?
- In what ways is Elias’s work on the ‘civilizing process’ useful in making sense of the changing characterization of men and criminality?