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Coercion and Women Co-OffendersA Gendered Pathway Into Crime$
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Charlotte Barlow

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447330981

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447330981.001.0001

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Theoretical Understandings of Coercion as a Pathway into Crime

Theoretical Understandings of Coercion as a Pathway into Crime

(p.17) Two Theoretical Understandings of Coercion as a Pathway into Crime
Coercion and Women Co-Offenders

Charlotte Barlow

Policy Press

This chapter introduces readers to the concept of coercion as a pathway into crime for female co-offenders and explores a range of literature and perspectives related to the topic. The chapter explores women’s pathways into crime more broadly, before considering differing definitions of concepts such as agency and coercion. The literature exploring coercion within the context of abusive and controlling relationships is also explored and the potential social, cultural and personal influences which may impact upon some women’s ‘choices’ to offend is considered. The chapter concludes with a critical overview of criminology’s current engagement with and understanding of coerced women.

Keywords:   pathways into crime, coercion, agency, criminology, relationships, women

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