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Infanticide: A litmus test for feminist criminological theory

Infanticide: A litmus test for feminist criminological theory Infanticide is an important and historically prevalent crime. It is also a “female”crime. The challenge for feminist criminological theory is to account for infanticidewithout falling into the trap of “essentialising” the offence and itsperpetrators.Two current broad feminist theoretical positions (the androgynous approach and thesocial control perspectives) are applied to infanticide. It is argued that theirexplanatory usefulness is limited since both in various ways distort the “true”dimensions of the crime. The inability of these current perspectives to account forinfanticide raises serious questions about their general applicability for feministcriminological theory. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology SAGE

Infanticide: A litmus test for feminist criminological theory

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
© The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology and Authors, 1989
ISSN
0004-8658
eISSN
1837-9273
DOI
10.1177/000486588902200303
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Abstract

Infanticide is an important and historically prevalent crime. It is also a “female”crime. The challenge for feminist criminological theory is to account for infanticidewithout falling into the trap of “essentialising” the offence and itsperpetrators.Two current broad feminist theoretical positions (the androgynous approach and thesocial control perspectives) are applied to infanticide. It is argued that theirexplanatory usefulness is limited since both in various ways distort the “true”dimensions of the crime. The inability of these current perspectives to account forinfanticide raises serious questions about their general applicability for feministcriminological theory.

Journal

Australian & New Zealand Journal of CriminologySAGE

Published: Sep 1, 1989

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