The data on which this article is based were collected as part of a study funded by the National Institute of Justice (Grant # 89-IJ-CX-0046). Points of view or opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. The authors wish to thank Eric Baumer, Robin Cardwell-Mullins, Jody Miller, Rick Rosenfeld, Bob Bursik and the anonymous reviewers at Criminology for their insightful comments and criticisms of an earlier draft of this article. Correspondence should be sent to Christopher W. Mullins, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63121.
GENDER, SOCIAL NETWORKS, AND RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY*
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
Volume 41, Issue 3, pages 813–840, August 2003
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MULLINS, C. W. and WRIGHT, R. (2003), GENDER, SOCIAL NETWORKS, AND RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY. Criminology, 41: 813–840. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.2003.tb01005.x
Christopher W. Mullins is a Ph.D. student in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is also Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southwestern Illinois College. His current research interests focus on gender and crime as well as state-corporate and state crime.
Richard Wright is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Member of the National Consortium on Violence Research. He has been studying active criminals for over a decade and has written widely on the offender's perspective on crime. His current research examines the role of criminal retaliation in the spread of urban violence.
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
Criminological researchers have devoted substantial attention to the nature and dynamics of residential burglary, but the role played by gender in shaping this offense remains largely unexplored. Feminist ethnographers have documented the fact that streetlife is highly gendered, and that this typically serves to marginalize women's participation in criminal networks and activities. Therefore, it appears likely that residential burglary—a prototypically social offense that requires good network connections—will be strongly influenced by gender dynamics. In this study, we analyze in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 18 female and 36 male active residential burglars to examine the ways in which gender structures access to, participation in, and potential desistance from, residential burglary. In doing so, we aim to provide an insider's view of how gender stereotypes are expressed, reinforced, and exploited within streetlife social networks, and how these networks shape the lived experience of men and women engaged in residential burglary.