A Special Issue of Feminist Criminology
Women at Work in Criminal Justice Organizations
Special Issue Editors: Cara E. Rabe-Hemp and Susan L. Miller
One of the more enduring feminist concerns is why women remain disadvantaged and oppressed in the workplace. In criminal justice professions this debate is shaped not only by academic inquiries but by questions about the relation between women's oppression and liberation. The aim of this special issue is to explore the feminist critique of the under-representation of women at work and the gendering of the division of labor in criminal justice professions. We are particularly interested in articles that highlight the processes that socially construct the requirements of work which favor the powerful, support organizational class hierarchies embedded with inequality, and bureaucratic decision making in which inequalities are reproduced. We also seek articles that consider how women impact organizations, as well as policymaking intended to make the workplace equal. All articles should have either a policy or practice implication section that addresses women and work in criminal justice.
Possible topics include:
- The marginalization of female criminal justice professionals, as well as women of color, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered criminal justice professionals, by the working ethos of white heterosexual working class men.
- The impact of institutional structures and policies on the health and well-being of female criminal justice professionals.
- The social exclusion of women from the process of defining how work is structured in the criminal justice workplace.
- The influence and consequences of overtly masculine social constructions of criminal justice work.
- The accomplishments and successes of women criminal justice professionals.
- The possible influence of neoliberal policies and/or the current political climate on efforts to diversify the criminal justice profession.
Deadline for submissions is June 15, 2017 with an anticipated publication date in early 2018.
The First Bachelor Programme in Criminology in the Baltics
On the 24th March 2017 the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (founded by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania) has accredited the Bachelor Programme in Criminology at Vilnius University for five years. This is the first bachelor programme in criminology not only in Lithuania, but also in the Baltic States. The first 30 students will join the Programme this year.
Although the Programme is formally related to the subject area of sociology, its nature is rather interdisciplinary. During 3,5 years study the students of the Programme will not only get acquainted with the basic criminological ideas and principles, but also will be able to develop their knowledge and practical skills in the field of criminal justice, sociology, psychology, and other criminology related academic fields.
The Programme is also an example of interinstitutional cooperation. The teaching staff are the members of various faculties and departments of Vilnius University such as Sociology, General Psychology, Criminal Justice, etc. The representatives from national Police Department and Prison Department are also participating in the implementation of the curricula. Majority of the courses are taught in Lithuanian, but some courses will be offered in English.
The Bachelor Programme in Criminology intends to prepare students for possible career paths in criminology and criminal justice, as well as provide a basis for further education on Master and Doctorate levels.