Critical realism and feminist criminology: Shall the twain ever meet?

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This article assesses the commonalities and divergences between critical realist criminolog and feminist criminology. Using Roger Matthews' (2014) construction of Critical Realism a discussed in his book, Realist Criminology, the article first notes that critical realists hav largely overlooked or dismissed feminist criminology, despite the potential synergy betwee the two perspectives. The article then identifies three major areas - (1) epistemology an research methods; (2) a critique of essentialism; and (3) commitment to culturally competen and client/community-centered interventions - in which the perspectives share similarities while distinguishing the differences in each area as well. The article concludes with a invitation for dialogue between critical realists and feminist criminologists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-52
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2016

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  • Critical Realism
  • Epistemology
  • Essentialism
  • Feminist criminology
  • Intervention
  • Left Realism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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