On the Phenomenon of Female Crime from the Perspective of Integrated Theories

Joanna Brzezińska


The aim of this study is to analyse selected theories of crime of an integrated nature (biosocial), functioning in criminology, from the perspective of explaining the conditions of the phenomenon of female crime. It was pointed out that single-factor theories older than integrated theories (anthropological, biological, sociological, psychological), assuming in their assumptions only one category of variables, occurring in the analysis of the course of female criminal activities, did not contribute sufficiently to the explication of the studied, negative phenomenon, giving the inducement to search and develop a different category of theory. Therefore, the article attempts to determine whether the integrated (multi-factorial) theories, presented on the example of the considerations of two criminologists: A. Walsh and D.W. Denno, taking into account the findings of the former single-factor concepts, allow to find a comprehensive solution to the doubts, concentrating around the issue of conditions and specificity of the development of the phenomenon of female crime, which for several decades has occupied the activity of criminologists in Poland and worldwide.


theories of crime; female crime; single-factor concepts; integrated theories



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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17951/sil.2021.30.5.93-105
Data publikacji: 2021-12-17 19:44:56
Data złożenia artykułu: 2019-12-31 14:11:16


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