Date of Award

12-1-2010

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

WHALEY, RACHEL

Abstract

The purpose of this dissertation was to explore the influence of race and gender specific economic disadvantage, gender inequality, and other social disadvantage indicators on female non-violent and violent property crime offending. This dissertation found that economic marginality, gender inequality, and exogenous factors of social disorganization do explain some of the variation in women's offending. Economic marginality predicted total women's non-violent and violent offending, but only Black women's non-violent offending. Gender inequality was associated with women's non-violent property crime offending for total, white, Black, and Hispanic women. Generally, the key independent variables are better able to explain variation in non-violent offending than violent property crime offending for Black and Hispanic women.

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