Chapter 5

Dancing with Denial: Researching Women and Questioning Men

Elizabeth A. Stanko


In the context of researching women's lives over the past fifteen years, I have become accustomed to dancing with denial, my description of traditional criminology's myopia when it comes to gender and crime. The purpose of this chapter is to reflect upon my own development as a researcher, and to acknowledge the power of the research process in forming and formulating my view of criminology from a feminist perspective. Researching women's lives forces me now to question men about their lives, and leads me to directly challenge masculinity and its underpinning of the dominant perspectives in criminology. I conclude by encouraging others to contest the ...

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