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Gender Difference In Crime Essay

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For my extended project I will be evaluating the gender difference in crime specifically focusing in the UK. Gender is one of indicator of criminal behaviour: in general women commit less crime than men “four out of five convicted offenders in England and Wales are male” (IB, 2017). This assumption can be traced back to different periods in time.
Gender difference has always existed in society for example: gender pay gap and gender differences in workplaces, therefore the purpose of this essay is to uncover whether there is also a gender difference in crime. Furthermore, another focus of this study is to understand why specific genders commit specific crimes, and by us understanding this (why they commit these crimes) we are able to prevent
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The same behavior may be considered criminal in one society and an act of honor in another society or in the same society at a different time.
The legal status of a behavior—whether it is defined as a crime—lies not in the content of the behavior itself but in the social response to the behavior or to the persons who engage in it. Changes in the legal status of a behavior are often brought about by social movements and may entail considerable social conflict.”(Rosenfeld, 2016) This definition explicitly shows specific action are labelled as crime in different societies for example, killing someone in act of honor here in UK will be considered as a first degree murder as it is illegal.
However, in Saudi Arabia killing people in the name of honor will not be considered as illegal and therefore it will not be counted as a crime, an evidence of this is that a women 45 years old originally from Sri Lanka was “being stoned to death after being convicted of adultery in Saudi Arabia - while the man she was caught with faces 100 lashes” (Wheatstone, 2017). Moreover, another evidence which supports this notion is that a Saudi Arabian woman from Riyadh was “woman was murdered by her father for chatting on the social network site Facebook” (Correspondent, 2017). These demonstrates that not all crimes are considered as deviant
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