How Black Female Offenders Explain Their Crime and Describe Their Hopes: A Case Study of Inmates in a California Prison

Author: Skiffer, La Tanya
Year:2009
Pages:160
ISBN:0-7734-4916-7
978-0-7734-4916-9
Price:139.95
The majority of criminological literature focuses on male inmates using quantitative methods. This is the only work that examines black female offenders' perceptions of the etiology of crime.

Reviews

“No other academic study provides such a detailed perspective of Black women offenders’ attributions for their own criminal behavior.” - Prof. Sharon Bethea, Northeastern Illinois University

“This is a work that will be quoted by future researchers, will be used in classrooms, and should inform government planners.” - Prof. John C. Quicker, California State University

“. . . criminology and sociology have been dominated by white men who have spoken for women, people of color, and for everyone in prison. In this book, a black woman writes about black women in prison using in-depth interviews. On the face of it seems unremarkable. It is only remarkable because it is unusual. It it powerful because it sets the record straight.” - Prof. John Galliher, University of Missouri-Columbia

Table of Contents

Preface by Sharon Bethea, PhD
Acknowledgments
1. INTRODUCTION
Studying Causal Attributions for Crime
Gender, Race, and Attributions
2. LITERATURE REVIEW
Gender Dimension of Crime
From Pathways to Attributions
3. THE IMPORTANCE OF PERCEPTIONS AND ATTRIBUTIONS
Theory: The Social Psychology of Causal Attributions
Offender-Based Research
Racialized Attributions About Crime
Locus of Control for Crimes
Consequences of Attributions About Crime
4. METHOD AND PROCEDURES
Sample and Setting
Procedures
Analysis
Operational Definitions of Coding Categories
5. RESULTS
Causal Relationships of Crime
Typology of Crime Attributions
Racialized Attributions About Crime
White Women Offenders
Other Women Offenders
Gendered Attributions About Crime
Locus on Control for Crimes
Consequences of Attributions About Crime
6. DISCUSSION AND IMPLICATIONS APPENDIX
1. Operational Definitions of Coding Categories
2. Research Project Interviews Recruitment Flyer
3. Background & Demographics
4. Consent Form
5. Oral Script
6. Views & Perceptions of What Causes Crime
REFERENCES
INDEX