Challenging the myth of ‘equal opportunity violence’ Seminar (1st October 2008)
Seminar Series 2008-9
Challenging the myth of ‘equal opportunity violence’
The continuing salience of gender to an understanding of
young women’s violent offending
Dr. Susan A. Batchelor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences, University of Glasgow
Wednesday 1st October, 3.30-5 pm
T206, Adam Smith Building, University of Glasgow
Abstract: Headlines warning that young women are drinking more and committing more violent crimes have been a recurring feature of our newspapers in recent years. Often this supposed ‘masculinisation’ of young women is depicted as the ‘darker side’ of women’s liberation and held up as ‘proof’ that gendered theories of violent offending are incorrect. Drawing on research carried out with young women in prison in Scotland, this paper will challenge such accounts through an examination of the gendered context of young women’s violence.
Bio: Susan is a Lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences. Her research centres on young people, gender, and violence. Current projects include: alcohol and domestic abuse, youth gangs and knife carrying, organised crime.
For enquiries about the S.A.A.S.S. Seminar Series contact Convenor Matthew Waites, S404 Adam Smith Building, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 0141 330 4049.