Foreword to the Anniversary Edition
Introduction to the Anniversary Edition
Section I: Theory
1 Structured Action Theory
Section II: Crime in History
2 Racist Lynchers
3 Reformed Hustler
Section III: Youth Violence and Nonviolence
4 Assaultive Violence: Lenny and Perry
5 Sexual Violence: Sam and Zack
6 Nonviolent Boys: Jerry and Dennis
7 Assaultive Girls: Tina and Kelly
Corporate and Political Crime
8 Murderous Managers
9 Perilous Presidents
About the author
It is impossible to gain a rich social scientific understanding of the relationship between masculinities and crime without reading this book. Like the first edition, this one is ground-breaking and is destined to become one of the most important contributions to the field.
Messerschmidt, a feminist, has done the field of criminology an enormous favor. He was among the first to recognize that since boys and men commit the vast majority of serious, violent crimes, we need to theorize masculinity, and its relationship to offending. This volume updates his classic thinking on that crucial and long over looked insight. It is must reading.
Masculinities and Crime is an important step in the continuing development of criminological theory . . . addressing the fact that crime is, if nothing else, primarily the province of men.
For twenty-five years, James Messerschmidt has been at the forefront of scholarly investigations of masculinities, particularly the relationship between crime and masculinities. This anniversary edition of his classic and path breaking book, Masculinities and Crime, provides the most sophisticated and compelling statement of his framework to date, along with his thoughtful review of current work by other scholars. Like the earlier edition, this new volume poses a comprehensive challenge to criminologists and policy makers who ignore gender—especially masculinity—as integral to criminal involvement. No one who studies crime can afford to ignore this book!