Influx of criminologists

Even though there may be an influx of criminologists from the feminist school of thought in the future due to the higher volume of females in this study field, I do not think that feminism could be the dominant approach in criminology. There are many reasons for this. Consider the fact that in any study within sociology and other social sciences, we rely a lot upon the classical theorists, such as Marx, Durkheim and Weber, who are all male.

I do not think that criminologists, even female ones, can run away from the influence of past theories and studies that has mostly been male-centric. The definition of crime has always been in the hands of the powerful, leading to the less powerful being criminalized. As females are not as powerful as men, it has inevitably been the men’s job to label crimes in the first place. With all these dominant ideas and definitions already in place within criminology, it might be difficult to surpass them, at least in the near future.

This is perhaps exactly the reason why I entered this field, to try to project a different voice from the dominant. I am really interested in finding out why some groups of people are labelled as deviant, instead of why they are deviant. By looking into this, criminology could be put into use by policy-makers to deal with ‘criminals’. As such, I feel that it is important for the less powerful such as women to have more influence in criminology, however, this does not mean that it is inevitable, due to the longstanding male-centric traditions within the study of crime.