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Power-control theory: An examination of private and public patriarchy
Graduate Theses and Dissertations
  • Jessica Nicole Mitchell, University of South Florida
Date Approved
6-1-2009
Graduation Year
2009
Document Type
Thesis
Degree
M.A.
Degree Granting Department
Criminology
Major Professor
Christine S. Sellers, Ph.D.
Keywords
  • Gender,
  • Delinquency,
  • Neighborhood characteristics,
  • Feminism,
  • Family structure
Subject Categories
Abstract
The gender difference in crime is indisputable. In an attempt to explain gender differences in adolescents' involvement in crime, secondary data analysis of middle and high school students and their neighborhoods will be examined. Feminists have identified the concept of patriarchy as the root of gender differences in all behavior and particularly in criminal behavior. Hagan's Power-Control Theory incorporates the concept of patriarchy through measures within home to examine how differences in occupational authority between parents affects the gender difference in delinquency through differential controls placed on sons and daughters. However, it has been suggested that the measure of patriarchy be extended into the public sphere (Walby, 1990). Specifically, this study compares a traditional private patriarchy model to a public patriarchy model in order to determine which approach better explains the gender gap in crime. Patterns of findings were not substantively different between private and public patriarchy models; however, a number of theoretical implications point to the fact that alternate measures of patriarchy could lend support for power-control theory that it currently lacks.
Citation Information
Jessica Nicole Mitchell. "Power-control theory: An examination of private and public patriarchy" (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jessica_mitchell/1/