Feminist Crime Research Network
The Feminist Crime Research Network was formed by a group of historians, sociologists and academic lawyers who shared research interests in the area of gender and criminality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. They became convinced of the importance of interdisciplinary exploration from a feminist perspective into factors both practical and theoretical, past and present, affecting women's and men's interface with the criminal justice system both by promoting dialogue between practitioners, professionals and academics and by incorporating into the considerations a historical dimension. FCRN takes the view that academic and professional insights in these areas should be informed by a gender analysis. FCRN has close links with SOLON, the interdisciplinary ESRC-funded project focusing on Bad Behaviour and Socially Visible Crime and with the Galleries of Justice archive (National Centre for Citizenship and the Law) in Nottingham.
FCRN first met at Manchester Metropolitan University on 31st October, 2000. During 2002/4 FCRN organised a short series of ESRC-funded one-day conferences in the UK and plans to co-ordinate future applications for funding to develop research in this area.
The Aims and Objectives of the Feminist Crime Research Network are:-
- to facilitate further work in this area amongst Network members, both academics and professionals, with a view to developing substantive collaborative projects and publications to disseminate conclusions and information to policy-makers via a number of channels including the internet.
- to develop feminist research which combines the approaches of history with wider interdisciplinary and practitioner insights and so to inform contemporary academic and policy debates by pointing up the benefits to be gained from an appreciation of gender analysis and historical perspectives.
- to encourage ongoing debate and dialogue both with professionals and policy-makers and with other academics working in these and related fields.
- to locate, publicise and develop the research utilisation of hitherto under-used sources and archives relevant to the history of crime, gender and culture in the twentieth century, and so to ensure their preservation in good and accessible condition.
- to support postgraduate research and practitioner training programmes, and encourage contact and networking between postgraduate students and trainee practitioners, particularly those supervised by the core group and their professional colleagues.