The representation of females in criminological research: A content analysis of American and British journal articles

Lorine A. Hughes

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Content analysis of criminological research articles published in various American and British journals between 1895 and 1997 is used to assess concerns about the representation of females in the study of crime and delinquency. Findings reveal a severe and long-term underrepresentation of females in criminological research. This appears to be related to the tendency of numerically dominant male researchers to focus on male subjects. However, research on and about females has not been conducted primarily by female researchers nor has the focus of such research been mainly on such a "female" offense as prostitution. Implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalWomen and Criminal Justice
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2005



  • Female representation
  • Feminist critique
  • Sex bias
  • Women and criminology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Law

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