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Versatile offending: criminal careers of female prisoners in Australia, 1860–1920


Piper, AJ and Nagy, V, Versatile offending: criminal careers of female prisoners in Australia, 1860-1920, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 48, (2) pp. 187-210. ISSN 1530-9169 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1162/JINH_a_01125


The use of longitudinal data from the criminal records of a sample of 6,042 female prisoners in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Victoria reveals limitations in the traditional method of examining criminality within specific offense categories. Investigations devoted exclusively to particular categories of women’s offenses potentially obscures the extent to which women resorted to multiple forms of offending. Such versatile activity challenges conceptions of women as predominantly petty offenders by suggesting that some women were arrested for minor offenses because of their engagement in more serious crimes and their participation in criminal sub-cultures.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:offending patterns, women, Victoria
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Criminal justice
UTAS Author:Nagy, V (Dr Vicky Nagy)
ID Code:133786
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Sociology and Criminology
Deposited On:2019-07-10
Last Modified:2019-08-20
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