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  1. Introduction.
  2. Modern varieties of feminism.
    1. Liberal feminists.
    2. Radical feminism.
    3. Marxist feminists.
    4. Social feminism.
    5. Black feminism.
  3. Feminism as a political force.
  4. Conclusion.
  5. Bibliography.

In this assignment we will discuss liberal and radical feminism in particular and we will outline the concerns of feminist criminology and how it has criticized male stream criminology. I will then outline the main features of post modernism and its critique of the attempt to be scientific about crime. Finally I will evaluate the various criticisms.
There are different group of feminists who all have observed that men are the dominant groups in society, and also have looked at the fact that privileged men make and enforce rules to women. This project from Post modernity is a challenge to rationality, reason and science as the dominant forms of social explanation.[1]Feminism is a large body of social, political and philosophical thought that does not feature importantly in controversial criminological writing.

[...] The themes that seem to be important are, firstly the theme of deconstruction is an important theme in post modern and allied philosophy. Secondly the denial of coherence and unity in the world, both in philosophical understanding that there is no 'grand narrative' of truth or essence behind the image of chaos and contingency. Thirdly the theme of the nature of freedom is important. Conclusion Criminology is more concerned with the processes where particular types of acts become criminalized rather than the categories with which they can then be described. [...]

[...] The have been criticized for their overuse of economic explanations of women's oppressions and for not examining the complexity of family relationships. Tong, (1988)[10], believes that although there is an increasing critique of the Marxist feminist, there are more and more women busy in the market economy. Social feminism gives a synthesis of the radical and feminism perspectives saying that both capitalist and patriarchal systems run a part in the subordination of women. 'Dual System Theory' sees the systems of capitalism and patriarchy as separate but believe that both systems are encouraging systems of oppression. [...]

[...] (1976),'The Myth of Sexual Equality before the Law', in proceedings of the fifth Research conferences on delinquency and Community, Montreal: Quebec Society of Criminology. [15]Heidensohn, F. (1968) ' The Deviance of Women: A Critique and an Enquiry'; British Journal of Criminology, 160-76. [16]Klein, D. (1973-1976),'The Aetiology of Female Crime: A Review of the Literature', in L. Crities (eds). [17]Merton, R.K. (1938), 'Social Structure and Anomie', American Sociological Review. [18]Nicolson D. And Bibbings, 'Feminist Perspectives on Criminal Law', (2000) Cavendish Publishing Ltd. [19]Pond, 'Introduction to Criminology', (1999)- Waterside Press. [...]

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